Friday, October 29, 2010

545 People

This article is neither Democrat nor Republican, but is something that should make all U.S. citizens think seriously about. It may also apply to other countries as well. It's about 545 people vs. 300 million people, written by Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the "Orlando Sentinel."
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.
You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million [citizens] are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the Speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted--by present facts--of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.
If the Army and Marines are in IRAQ, it's because they want them in IRAQ.
If they do not receive Social Security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
-- Submitted by Bob Smith
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And why are these men and women in power? Because "we the people" put them there! Be very wise and very careful how you vote. And be sure that you do vote.

The Cat

Oh my, I read this and burst out laughing, and then laughed so hard I was in tears, as I read it to my hubby! It probably isn't nearly as funny as I think it is, but we enjoyed it, so maybe you will too!

A couple was dressed and ready to go out for the evening. They turned on a night light, turned the answering machine on the phone line, covered their pet parakeet and put the cat in the backyard. They phoned the local cab company and requested a taxi. The taxi arrived and the couple opened the front door to leave their house.

The cat they had put out into the yard scoots back into the house.

They don't want the cat shut in the house because she always tries to eat the bird. The wife goes out to the taxi while the husband goes inside to get the cat. The cat runs upstairs, the man in hot pursuit.

Waiting in the cab, the wife doesn't want the driver to know the house will be empty for the night. She explains to the taxi driver that her husband will be out soon "He's just going upstairs to say good-bye to my mother." A few minutes later, the husband gets into the cab.

"Sorry I took so long," he says, as they drive away. "Stupid thing was hiding under the bed." Had to poke her with a coat hanger to get her to come out! She tried to take off so I grabbed her by the neck. Then I had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her from scratching me. But it worked. I hauled her fat ass downstairs and threw her out into the back yard!"

The cabdriver hit a parked car...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Story of our mothers and grandmothers

My daughter sent this to me today, and told me to put it on my blog. I have seen it before, but here it is again. I voted today, you have until Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 PM to vote.

Don’t forget to VOTE!

This is the story of our Mothers and Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

(Lucy Burns)

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

(Dora Lewis)

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

(Alice Paul)

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because - why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

(Mrs. Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a sixty-day sentence.)

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels'. It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

(Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown, New York)

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

(Berthe Arnold, CSU graduate)

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

(Conferring over ratification of the 19th Amendment

to the U.S. Constitution at National Woman's Party headquarters, Jackson Place, Washington, D.C. (L-R) Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer, Alice Paul, Florence Boeckel, Mabel Vernon (standing, right))

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.

(Helena Hill Weed, Norwalk, Conn. Serving 3 day sentence in D.C. prison for carrying banner, 'Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.')

History is being made.

Get on board...

It's Time For The People To Demand Change In Washington

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits.

A maximum of 12 years only, one of the possible options below...
A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

H/T America! Oh How We'll Miss You

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

H/T Dear Abby...this morning


Author Unknown

If you are ever going to love me,

Love me now, while I can know

The sweet and tender feelings

Which from true affection flow.

Love me now

While I am living.

Do not wait until I'm gone

And then have it chiseled in marble,

Sweet words on ice-cold stone.

If you have tender thoughts of me,

Please tell me now.

If you wait until I am sleeping,

Never to awaken,

There will be death between us

And I won't hear you then.

So, if you love me, even a little bit,

Let me know it while I am living

So I can treasure it.

It you think of it, we are going to the city today. Hopefully this is it, except for checkups. Thank you to all my family, and especially my blogging friends.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Rose Is Rose - October 26, 2010

Milton Friedman Quotes

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.”

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”

“The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.”

“The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.”

“The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.”

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”

“We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.”

Milton Friedman, Economist (1912-2006)

I received these via email today, and thought you all might enjoy them.

Monday, October 25, 2010


HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!

I received this from my SIL today. I got 19/20. How well can you do?

(Have a paper and pencil handy to record your answers.. Your mind isn't as sharp as it once was!)

This is NOT a pushover test. It's a Baby Boomer era test!
There are
20 questions. Average score is 12
This one will be difficult for the
younger set.
Have fun, but no peeking!
When you forward this to your
Put your
score in the subject line and let them know your score. Don’t forget to forward it to me , as well.

Good luck,

1. What builds strong bodies 12 ways?
A. Flintstones vitamins
B. The Buttmaster
C. Spaghetti
D. Wonder Bread
E. Orange Juice
F. Milk
G. Cod Liver Oil

2. Before he was Muhammed Ali, he was...
A. Sugar Ray Robinson.
B. Roy Orbison..
C. Gene Autry.
D. Rudolph Valentino.
E. Fabian.
F. Mickey Mantle.
G. Cassius Clay.

3. Pogo, the comic strip character said, 'We have met the enemy and....

A. It's you.
B. He is us.
C. It's the Grinch.
D. He wasn't home.
E. He's really me and you.
F. We quit.
G. He surrendered.

4. Good night, David.

A.. Good night, Chet
B. Sleep well.
C. Good night, Irene.
D.. Good night, Gracie.
E. See you later, alligator.
F. Until tomorrow.
G. Good night, Steve..

5. You'll wonder where the yellow went...
A. When you use Tide
B. When you lose your crayons.
C. When you clean your tub.
D. If you paint the room blue.
E. If you buy a soft water tank.
F. When you use Lady Clairol.
G. When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.

6. Before he was the Skipper's Little Buddy, Bob Denver was Dobie's friend...
A. Stuart Whitman.
B Randolph Scott.
C. Steve Reeves..
D. Maynard G. Krebs.
E. Corky B. Dork.
F. Dave the Whale.
G. Zippy Zoo.

7. Liar, liar...
A. You're a liar.
B. Your nose is growing.
C. Pants on fire.
D. Join the choir
E. Jump up higher.
F. On the wire.
G. I'm telling Mom.

8. Meanwhile, back in Metropolis, Superman fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and.....
A. Wheaties.
B. Lois Lane .
C. TV ratings.
D. World peace.
E. Red tights.
F. The American way.
G. News headlines.

9. Hey kids! What time is it?
A. It's time for Yogi Bear.
B It's time to do your homework.
C. It's Howdy Doody Time.
D. It's time for Romper Room.
E. It's bedtime.
F... The Mighty Mouse Hour..
G. Scoopy Doo Time..

10. Lions and tigers and bears....
A. Yikes.
B. Oh, no..
C. Gee whiz.
D. I'm scared...
E. Oh my.
F.. Help! Help!
G. Let's run.

11. Bob Dylan advised us never to trust anyone....
A. Over 40.
B. Wearing a uniform.
C.. Carrying a briefcase.
D. Over 30.
E. You don't know.
F. Who says, 'Trust me'..
G. Who eats tofu.

12. NFL quarterback who appeared in a television commercial wearing women's stockings...
A. Troy Aikman
B. Kenny Stabler
C. Joe Namath
D. Roger Staubach
E. Joe Montana
F. Steve Young
G. John Elway

13. Brylcream...
A. Smear it on.
B. You'll smell great.
C. Tame that cowlick.
D. Grease ball heaven.
E. It's a dream.
F. We're your team.
G. A littl e dab'll do ya.

14. I found my thrill...
A. In Blueberry muffins.
B. With my man, Bill.
C. Down at the mill.
D. Over the windowsill.
E. With thyme and dill.
F. Too late to enjoy.
G. On Blueberry Hill.

15.. Before Robin Williams, Peter Pan was played by...
A. Clark Gable.
B. Mary Martin.
C. Doris Day.
D. Errol Flynn.
E. Sally Fields.
F. Jim Carrey.
G. Jay Leno.

16. Name the Beatles...
A. John, Steve, George, Ringo
B. John, Paul, George, Roscoe
C. John, Paul, Stacey, Ringo
D. Jay, Paul, George, Ringo
E. Lewis, Peter, George, Ringo
F. Jason, Betty, Skipper, Hazel
G. John, Paul, George, Ringo

17. I wonder, wonder, who.
A. Who ate the leftovers?
B. Who did the laundry?
C. Was it you?
D. Who wrote the book of love?
E. Who I am?
F. Passed the test?
G. Knocked on the door?

18. I'm strong to the finish...
A. Cause I eats my broccoli.
B. Cause I eats me spinach.
C. Cause I lift weights.
D. Cause I'm the hero.
E. And don't you for get it.
F. Cause Olive Oyl loves me.
G. To outlast Bruto.

19. When it's least expected, you're elected, you're the star today.
A. Smile, you're on Candid Camera.
B. Smile, you're on Star Search.
C. Smile, you won the lottery.
D. Smile, we're watching you.
E. Smile, the world sees you.
F. Smile, you're a hit.
G. Smile, you're on TV.

20. What do M & M's do?
A. Make your tummy happy.
B. Melt in your mouth, not in your pocket.
C. Make you fat.
D.. Melt your heart.
E... Make you popular.
F. Melt in your mouth, not in your hand.
G. Come in colors.

Below are the right answers:

1. D - Wonder Bread
2. G - Cassius Clay
3. B - He Is us
4. A - Good night, Chet
5. G - When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent
6. D - Maynard G. Krebs
7. C - Pants on fire
8. F - The American Way
9. C - It's Howdy Doody Time
10. E - Oh my
11. D - Over 30
12. C - Joe Namath
13. G - A little dab'll do ya
14. G - On Blueberry Hill
15. B - Mary Martin
16. G - John, Paul, George, Ringo
17. D - Who wrote the book of Love
18. B - Cause I eats me spinach

19. A - Smile, you're on Candid Camera
20.. F - Melt in your mouth not in your hand

Don't forget to put your score in the subject line, when you forward this on.

Political Cartoon of the Day

Political Cartoon Of The Day

Monday Funnies

Doctor Doctor...

Doctor, Doctor I feel like a pair of curtains.

Well pull yourself together then .


Doctor, Doctor, everyone keeps ignoring me.

Next please!


Doctor, Doctor I keep thinking there is two of me.

One at a time please.


Doctor, Doctor, some days I feel like a tee-pee and other days I feel like a wig-wam.

You're too tents.


Doctor, Doctor I keep thinking I'm invisible.

Who said that?


Doctor, Doctor My little boy has just swallowed a roll of film!

Hmmmm...Let's hope nothing develops.


Doctor, Doctor, I can't get to sleep.

Sit on the edge of the bed and you'll soon drop off.


Doctor, Doctor I've lost my memory!

When did this happen?

When did what happen?


Doctor, Doctor, I feel like a pack of cards.

I'll deal with you later.


Doctor, Doctor my son has swallowed my pen, what should I do?

Use a pencil 'till I get there.


With all the problems the World is facing, it can be unsettling to the mind.

Top 10 Predictions for 2011

1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still be the most powerful thing on Earth.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still honor the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross .
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him.

Isn't It Great To Remember Who Is Really In Control , and that; "the Word of the Lord endures forever."
( 1 Peter 1:25 )

I hope you found this encouraging! I sure did, sometimes we need the
reminder of just "WHO" is really in control.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Blessing

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day. And there may I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


An oldie, but goodie!

God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day.He inquired of God. "Where have you been?"

God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction, and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"

"It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."

"Balance?" inquired Michael, still confused.

God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over there I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things," God continued pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?"

"Ah," said God "That's Washington State, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, plains, and coulees. The people from Washington State are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats, and carriers of peace."

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then proclaimed, "What about balance, God? You said there would be balance."

God smiled,

"There is another Washington...wait until you see the idiots I put there."

Monday, October 18, 2010


This is the only reason my sis and I would take up running. We both decided if we ever see someone running that has a smile on their face, we might try it!

Garfield Cartoon for 10/18/2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

An Open Letter to Obama

An Open Letter to Obama from Lou Pritchett

It is completely confirmed by Snopes:

A letter from Lou Pritchett, PROCTER & GAMBLE EXECUTIVE to the PRESIDENT:

Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America's true living legends-an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management.

Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.

Dear President Obama:

You are the 13th President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaugh's, Hannity's, O'Reilly's and Beck's who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term, I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it.
No big surprise.

H/T Missy

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Goodbye, Dear Friend

Today, we went to the send off of a very good friend and cousin. She lived 69 years, 2 months, and today is with her Lord. There were so many family members and friends who were willing to travel many, many miles to be with her husband and children. The fellowship was so sweet, the music was wonderful, the service was a tribute to her love of the Lord, the preaching was from the Word, the food was wonderful. We will miss this wonderful person, but know that we will see her on the other side. Goodbye, dear Gloria.

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Mrs Gloria J Goossen, 69
October 8, 2010, in BryanLGH East Medical Center, Lincoln NE
Gloria J. Goossen

Gloria Jean (Buller) Goossen was born August 3, 1941 to Virgil and Agnes Buller the 2nd of four children in Enid, OK. After a long and courageous battle she went to her Heavenly home on October 8, 2010 at BryanLGH East Medical Center in Lincoln at the age of 69 years 2 months and 5 days. The family moved to Colby, KS in 1950 where they farmed. At an early age she came to the realization that she needed a Savior and accepted Jesus Christ, whom she loved and worshiped till she took her last breath and went Home to be with Him. Her life verse was Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths." She attended one year of High School at Meade Christian Academy in Meade, KS, then transferred to Oklahoma Bible Academy in Meno, OK from which she graduated with the class of 1959. She furthered her education at Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS, graduating with a 2-year Secretarial degree in 1961. She had a great love for the Bible and always enjoyed listening to Back to the Bible Broadcast, and was then privileged to work for them for a couple years.
It was while living at Colby, that she met and later married Ralph Goossen on July 9, 1965 at Meadow Mennonite Church (now Mingo Bible Church). To this union three children were born: Debra, Kimberly and Brian. Gloria and Ralph enjoyed many years of farming until moving to Friend, NE in 2007 where they presently lived at the time of her death. One of her delights was to be able to attend her grandsons sporting events and other school activities. Gloria was always very active in her church, especially in playing piano, organ and the accordion as well as being called on to play for many other events such as weddings and funerals. Gloria had a special ability when it came to music. She could hear a song once, sit down and play it by ear and could also play any piece of music put before her. For many years Gloria and her father teamed up to lead the music program at Mingo Bible Church, where she was an active member all her life. One of her favorite musical groups to listen to was the Gaither Vocal Band. She was known as an excellent and favorite bank teller at Thomas County Bank in Colby, KS, where she worked for many years. She will long be remembered for her love of life, her infectious laugh and her passion for the Kansas Jayhawks. One of her favorite activities was playing volleyball, whether it was in the town park, or the grain Quonset.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 45 years, Ralph; daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Paul Segner, Friend, NE, Kimberly and Tim Steele, Copperas Cove, TX, son, Brian Goossen, York, NE, six grandchildren, Jared, David and Darren Segner, Friend, NE, Hannah, Rachael and Jacob Bottom, Copperas Cove, TX, sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon and Alan DeBoer, Pagosa Springs, CO, Anita and Gary Pryor, Lincoln, NE, brother-in-law, Milton Claassen, Newton, KS, sisters-in-law, Irene and Levi Siebert, Thornton, CO, Lorena and Albert Wahl, Erickson, Manitoba, Canada, many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death and welcomed to her Heavenly Home by her parents, Virgil and Agnes Buller, sister, LaVonda Claassen, and parents-in-law, Abe and Susie Goossen.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at the Friend Christian Assembly with Rev. Raymond Unruh and Rev. Jerry Gill officiating. Interment will be in Andrew Cemetery, Friend, NE. Visitation will be on Monday from 1-5 pm at Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Friend, NE, with family greeting relatives and friends from 6-9pm at the Friend Christian Assembly Church. Memorials have been established to Back to the Bible, Lincoln, NE, Mingo Bible Church, Colby, KS or Friend Christian Assembly, Friend, NE. Casketbearers are Jared, David, Darren Segner, Randy Regier, Mark Myers, Kendall Claassen and Lynn Goossen. Honorary Pallbearers are Stan Epp, Ron Buller, Vern Goossen, Larry Dilts and Robert Buller. Musical accompaniment is provided by Caroline Eigsti and Bonnie Miller. Alan and Sharon DeBoer will sing "I'd Rather Have Jesus". The congregational hymns are "How Great Thou Art", "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and "He The Pearly Gates Will Open".

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

State Flower Bouquet

Did you ever wonder if you put all 50 state flowers together in a bouquet, what it would look like? Click on the link!

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Monday, October 4, 2010


This information came by way of a Travel Agent.

Bed bugs are an epidemic . . .and are being spread far and wide!

Hi All:

You may need to know about the following is a bit of information .

We have friends here in our community whose son is an entomologist
(insect expert). He has been telling them that there is an epidemic of bed
bugs now occurring in America. Recently I have heard on the news that several
stores in NYC have had to close due to bed bug problems, as well as a complete
Mall in New Jersey.

He says that since much of our clothing, sheets, towels, etc now
comes from companies outside of America, (sad but true), even the most
expensive stores sell foreign clothing from China, Indonesia, etc. The
bed bugs are coming in on the clothing as these countries do not consider
them a problem.

He recommends that if you buy any new clothing, even underwear and
socks, sheets, towels, etc; that you bring them into the house and put them
In your clothes dryer for at least 20 minutes.

The heat will kill the bugs - and their eggs.


It does not matter what the price range is of the clothing, or if the outfit comes from

the most expensive store known in the U.S. They still get shipments from these
countries and the bugs can come in a box of scarves or anything else
for that matter. That is the reason why so many stores (many of them
clothing stores) have had to shut down in NYC and other places.

All you need is to bring one item into the house that has bugs or eggs and
you will have a 'dickens of a time' trying to get rid of them.

This Entomologist travels all over the country as an Advisor to many of these stores,

Advocating 'prevention' and also to offer 'counseling' after they experience this problem.

Send this information on to those on your e-mail list so that this good
Preventive Information gets around quickly

Is It Time For A Change?

If each person contacts a minimum of twelve people, it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe this is the time ... when Congress has the lowest approval ratings ever!

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below..

A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressperson collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security sytem and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Blessing

I Am Thankful For...

  • For the teenager who is not doing dishes but is watching TV, because that means he is at home and not on the streets.
  • (Mine are all grown up!)
  • For the taxes I pay, because it means that I am employed.
  • (I'm retired, but the hubs is still working!)
  • For the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.
  • (No parties, but lots of pot lucks at Church)

  • For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.
  • For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine.
  • For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.
  • For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.
  • For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking, and that I have been blessed with transportation.
  • For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.
  • For the lady behind me in my place of worship when she sings off key, because it means that I can hear.
  • For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.
  • (Ironing?)
  • For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.
  • For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive.
  • (No more alarms, but waking up each morning!)
  • and finally....

  • For too much e-mail, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.

What are you thankful for today?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My Hobby

This is what I did today. If you are interested in some hand-painted greeting cards, please email me @

I will quote you some prices.

Is It Just Me?: Deodorant Types!

Is It Just Me?: Deodorant Types!

Oh Man...

We went out to eat for lunch today, and we were behind a group of people that, how should I say it, were not very pleasant to be behind. Phew.....

I guess I don't understand people who don't shower or bathe on a regular basis. If I'm prejudiced against anything, it is dirty, smelly people.

As far as I know, in this wonderful country we live in, there are places that provide water and soap for the purpose of cleaning up.

Please, people, use soap and water, and then deodorant on a regular basis. This group of people were very large, but still.

Enough of my rant today.