Thursday, November 25, 2010


"It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your loving kindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night." Psalm 92:1,2

"Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely maid with golden hair; I envied her—she seemed so happy, and how, I wished I were so fair; When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle; she had one foot and wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile. Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I have two feet—the world is mine.

"And when I stopped to buy some sweets, the lad who served me had such charm; he seemed to radiate good cheer, his manner was so kind and warm; I said, 'It's nice to deal with you, such courtesy I seldom find'; he turned and said, 'Oh, thank you sir.' And then I saw that he was blind. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine, I have two eyes, and the world is mine.

"Then, when walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue; he stood and watched the others play, it seemed he knew not what to do; I stopped a moment, then I said, 'Why don't you join the others, dear?' He looked ahead without a word, and then I knew he could not hear. Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I have two ears, the world is mine.

"With feet to take me where I'd go / with eyes to see the sunsets glow / with ears to hear what I would know / I am blessed indeed / The world is mine / oh, God, forgive me when I whine."

Happy Thanksgiving 2010!

May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious.
And your pies take the prize.
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Sister and Me!

Calvin and Hobbes

Retirement is great! We are smug!

Yep, They Won


This is what we've been saying ever since the shoe bomber got all of us to take off our shoes. Where is the common sense? What is our country coming to?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This Is What My Kids Want To Hear!

You all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Give Thanks for your families, your country, your friends, your life, and especially our Lord!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Body Scanners, Privacy

What with all the scuttlebutt about the TSA's new jobs, here is a solution to the problem that everyone should like.

A great alternative to body scanners at airports
The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports.
It's a booth you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you. They see this as a win-win for everyone, with none of the whining about racial profiling. It also would eliminate the costs of long and expensive trials. Justice would be swift. Case closed!
You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system: "Attention standby passengers — we now have a seat available on flight number ____. Shalom."


51 years ago today, The Sound of Music was introduced. Enjoy this video of Edelweiss!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Psalm 23...for today

The Lord is my real boss and I shall not want.

He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me.

He gently reminds me to pray before I speak And to do all things without murmuring and complaining.

He reminds me that He is my Source and not my job.

He restores my sanity everyday and guides my decisions That I might honor Him in everything I do.

Even though I face absurd amounts of e-mails, system crashes, unrealistic deadlines, budget cutbacks, gossiping co-workers, discriminating supervisors and an aging body that doesn't cooperate every morning, I will not stop -- for He is with me!

His presence, His peace, and His power will see me through.

He raises me up, even when they fail to promote me.

He claims me as His own, even when the company threatens to let me go.

His faithfulness and love are better than any bonus check.

His retirement plan beats every 401K there is!

When it's all said and done, I'll be working for Him a whole lot longer and for that, I bless His Name.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. Regardless of personal political views, that is an honor, and there are far too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.

Thank you, ladies AND gentlemen, for all you’ve done. Your sacrifices, both large & small, have not been forgotten.

A special thank you to my dad, my step-dad, my daughter, my brothers, my nephews, my son-in-law, and many more extended family for serving our country in the various arms of the service. A special thank you to those who are serving today. May our Lord bless and protect each one of you!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Maxine Wisdom

So… You're a senior citizen and the Government says,
"No Health Care for you" What do you do?
Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older A gun and 4 bullets!!
You are allowed to shoot: 2 Senators 2 Representatives
Of Course, this means you will be Sent to prison where you will get:
3 meals a day
Roof over your head
All the health care you need! New teeth - No problem!
Need glasses - Great!
New hip, knees, kidney, lungs and/or heart? All covered!!
(And your kids can come and visit you as often as they do now)
And who will be paying for all of this?
The same government that just told you that You are too old for health care!!
Plus… Because you are a prisoner… You don't have to pay Income Taxes anymore!!
God Bless America

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


"If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two, If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you'd do. Oh, I know you'd give your nicest Room to such an honored Guest, And all the food you'd serve to Him would be the very best, And you would keep assuring Him you're glad to have Him there—That serving Him in your home is joy beyond compare.

But when you saw Him coming would you meet Him at the door, With arms outstretched in welcome to your Heavenly Visitor? Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in, Or hide some magazines and put the Bibles where they'd been? Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn't heard, And wish you hadn't uttered that last, loud, hasty word? Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out? Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?

And I wonder … if the Savior spent a day or two with you, Would you go right on doing the things you always do? Would you keep right on saying the things you always say? Would life for you continue as it does from day to day? Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace, And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace? Would you sing the songs you always sing and read the books you read, And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?

Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you'd planned to go? Or would you maybe change your plans for just a day or so? Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends, Or would you hope they'd stay away until His visit ends? Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on, Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone? It might be interesting to know the things that you would do If Jesus came in person to spend some time with you."

– Author Unknown

I wonder what I would do? Would I put the computer away, and spend time with Him?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Economic Common Sense

Don't spend more than you have

Don't buy more house than you can afford

Live below your means if you want to save money

If you don't understand it, don't put your money in it

Save money for a rainy day

If it looks too good to be true, it probably is

There's no such thing as a free lunch

You can't cheat an honest man

Horace Greeley was right: Common sense is very uncommon.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy Birthday, Billy!

What a man of God. Today is his 92nd birthday. I was privileged to go to one of his crusades in Denver, a l-o-n-g time ago. The stadium was packed. The music was awesome. The message, which I don't remember, must have been God inspired, because when the invitation was given, the people flowed to the front to talk to counselors about their need of a Savior.

Praise the Lord for Billy Graham!

Friday, November 5, 2010


This Sunday we in the United States, and other places in the world, once again will adjust our clocks before we go to bed on Saturday night. To commemorate the occasion I give you a few snippets from this US News and World Report article:
  • Officially, it's "daylight saving time," not "daylight savings time."
  • Transitions into and out of DST can disturb people's sleeping patterns.
  • When daylight saving time ends in the fall, heart attacks briefly become less frequent than usual.
  • A study concluded that observing DST year-round would annually prevent about 195 deaths of motor vehicle occupants and about 171 pedestrian fatalities.
  • Many other countries observe daylight saving time, but not all do so on the same day. That can create confusion for international travelers and business communications.
  • Daylight saving time was first used during World War I, as part of an effort in the United States and other warring countries to conserve fuel.
  • The first American to advocate for daylight saving was Benjamin Franklin.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

LAUS DEO / Washington Monument

The elections are over. The new bunch will be starting soon, with the wisdom we, as Americans, hope they will show. We put them in the hands of our Lord that they will do right for our country. As they look out of their windows in DC, let them look at the monuments, and remember what our great country was built upon.

This is an amazing fact about our Washington Monument!

Do you know what it means? LAUS DEO

One detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington, D.C. there can never be a building of greater height than the Washington Monument. With all the uproar about removing the ten commandments, etc., this is worth a moment or two of your time. I was not aware of this amazing historical information.

On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., are displayed two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn't care less.

Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia , capital of the United States of America.

Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world. So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say ' Praise be to God!'

Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty-five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, Laus Deo 'Praise be to God!'

From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant...a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north, the Jefferson Memorial to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.

A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice.

Praise be to God! Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones share a message.

  • On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore ;
  • On the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians;
  • On the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!

When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy 'One Nation, Under God.'

I am awed by Washington 's prayer for America Have you ever read it? Well, now is your unique opportunity, so read on!

' Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.'

Laus Deo!

When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation's capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of 'Laus Deo ', its location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning, or these words: 'Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.' (Psalm 127: 1)

It is hoped you will send this to every child you know; to every sister, brother, father, mother or friend. They will not find offense, because you have given them a lesson in history that they probably never learned in school. With that, be not ashamed, or afraid, but have pity on those who will never see this.