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June 24, 2009 at 6:56 am (Random Rambles) (, , , )

Red Skelton
Image by cdresz via Flickr

I have expanded into yet another blog. I really enjoy this blog, but I also needed to expand it more and get some extra breathing room I also needed to see if I might be able to add some income to my blogging habit.
While the income would be good, spreading faith and hope and love and encouragement quotes is really important to me.

I recently watched some CDs of the Red Skelton show. A friend’s father passed away and he brought over his dad’s collection. We were watching them, and the humor is great. Red Skelton was one of the early comic geniuses. I can see where he was imitated by the comics we enjoy now. However he brought good clean humor and fun to television. Was life that much simpler then?

At the end of his show, Red Skelton would tell the audience that if he brought some joy and humor into their life and if one day in the future something he did on his show would add a smile or a laugh to someone’s day then he would have felt that he did his job. He ended each show with “God Bless”. What a way to end your television show.

Well just as Red Skelton felt that way, I feel that way. Feel free to visit my other blog, too at faithnhopenlove.com

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June 24, 2009 at 6:01 am (Random Rambles)

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

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When Life Gets In The Way

May 10, 2009 at 7:29 am (Random Rambles) (, , )

Does life ever get in the way of the things that you would really like to do?  Does that statement even make sense to you? I was thinking of my to do list, and the things that were on it that never got done.  Somehow my priorities got shifted.

I wanted to post for Earth Day, then some other day on April 29, and now here it is Mother’s Day, and what have I accomplished?  Well it is only 8am, so I will still have time to call mom.

I bought a bird feeder since the birdbath that my father gave me for Christmas has been getting non stop use.  It was funny to head out for work and see the frozen water in it.  It reminded me of Charles Schultz cartoons with Woodstock ice skating in the birdbath, or playing ice hockey.  Since I have no roses, I am taking time to watch the birds.

I have noticed migrating birds stopping by for a snack for a few days.  Wow do they ever eat a lot.  It is fun to watch them from my home office window.  The $7 a week food bill is worth it.  Remember when $7.00 a week would buy some groceries?  Remember when $7.00 a week would fill up your gas tank?  Was it really that long ago?

It seems the past month that life has gotten in the way more than once.  I have had several chats with God, but I seem to do that daily anyway.  However some times there is just the meaningless God talks.  Are they meaningless?

April was more like March this year, only it went by faster.  March is usually my month of unrest.  The month never seems to end.  However Arpil was the month of STRESS!!  Income Taxes…WORK!…Layoffs, Budget cuts…Job uncertainty…School board meetings.  Wow.

So all my intentions of doing this and doing that to further the well being of mankind and womankind, and making the world a better place, just flew away.  April became the month of survival.  It was the ME month.

With all that happened, my life is still going on and on.  I have so much to be thankful for.  I can sit here with my shoes off, and with food to eat, and temperature contolled (if it is working today) environment, watching the birds throw all the food out of the feeder and onto the ground.  I can be thankful that I have the $7.00 to feed them, too.

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.  When life gets in the way, what do you do?  Take time to watch the birds.  They always seem to find something to eat.  The ravens that visit my birdbath use it to soak their food too hard to eat in.  The other day I found remnants of a Subway sandwich in there.  Where a raven found a Subway sandwich I sure do not know.  Ravens take what they find and are happy with it.  A little water makes it better I guess.  Wash away the toughness.

We can learn a lot by watching the birds.  When life gets too tough add water.

Blackbird

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April 22 is Earth Day

April 17, 2009 at 6:35 am (Random Rambles)

Coming Up April 22 is Earth Day, and I encourage all bloggers to participate.

Follow my banner to Bloggers Unite to see what everyone is doing.

Earth Day 2009

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My Visit To The Museum of Tolerance

March 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm (Random Rambles) (, , , , )

I have wanted to visit the Museum of Tolerance for several years and finally got to go with a group of students this past week. The Museum that I went to is in Los Angeles, CA. It is amazing that it was only 3 days after Bloggers United for Women’s Rights. Talk about a double wake up call, well this was certainly it.

One thing that I do not understand is how we can keep teaching hate. I guess it is born in us to pass the hate on from generation to generation. Are we born with hatred or does it have to be taught?

My trip to the Museum of Tolerance taught me that not one of us is without prejudice. We might think we are but when we reach deep into ourselves and are honest with ourselves we can find that for most of us there is something that would label us as being prejudiced.
Sometimes we think that there is nothing wrong with laughing at an ethnic joke. I might even have some on this blog.

As far as being prejudiced and humor go that is a difficult call. Most comedians use ethnic humor. Most people can laugh at themselves. However when humor turns to how we think people are our we use humor as a way to put people down or insult them, and we really mean it, then we really need to take a look at who we are.

Politicians use stereotypes and fear to reach their goals. The prime use of this was by Hitler. I am not sure what prompted him to hate the Jewish race, but that hatred almost eliminated an entire race of people. Everyone, no matter where they were born has something to contribute to the world.

Blacks in the USA have a history of abuse. The land of equality, freedom, and opportunity for all has still not torn down all the walls of hatred and bigotry. Even though we elected a black President, we are not where we should be with equality in the US.

I intend to post more on this topic in the near future.

I hope if anyone plans a trip to Los Angeles for any reason that you can take some time to include a trip to the Museum of Tolerance.

Museum of Tolerance
9786 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

There are people in the world who are facing injustice each and every day. Innocent people who are being treated as criminals. We have to find ways to help them. Just by posting on blogs and getting readers is a start. We can reach out to the world to remove fear and hatred by understanding.

I still feel there is Faith and Hope and Love to share with the world.

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International Woman’s Day is March 8

February 26, 2009 at 4:51 pm (Random Rambles) (, , )

Bloggers Unite is adding more ways to participate in a vairety of causes world wide. Basically what we can do to make a difference is to pick one or more that we choose to participate in and then simply post on or near that day about something related to the cause.

We should all know something about Women. Hopefully we all had a mom. Whether or not you want to write about that is totally up to you. However if you want to write a story of a certain culture or a book review that has influenced you, or a musician, you can do that, too.

There are no rules to this. Blog Catalog plays an important part in these events and it is a great way to meet bloggers who care to make a difference with their blogs. I hope you can participate.

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One of Several Miracle Emails

December 28, 2008 at 8:45 pm (Random Rambles) (, , , )

We get a lot of these, but not everyone does. This is one worth posting. If you have not seen it, I hope you enjoy it.
“A little girl went
to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.

She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three
times, even The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she
slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with
the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for
the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment.
Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat
with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good Finally she took a
quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

‘And what do you want?’ the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of
voice. I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,’ he
said without waiting for a reply to his question.

‘Well, I want to talk
to you about my brother,’ Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. ‘He’s
really, really sick…and I want to buy a miracle.’

‘I beg your pardon?’
said the pharmacist.

‘His name is Andrew and he has something bad
growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now So how
much does a miracle cost?’

‘We don’t sell miracles here, little girl.
I’m sorry but I can’t help you,’ the pharmacist said, softening a little.

‘Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I will get
the rest. Just tell me ho w much it costs.’

The pharmacist’s brother was
a well dressed man He stooped down and asked the little girl, ‘What kind of a
miracle does your brother need?’

‘ I don’t know,’ Tess replied with her
eyes welling up. I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an
operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money.’

‘How much do you have?’ asked the man from Chicago

‘One dollar
and eleven cents,’ Tess answered barely audibly.

‘And it’s all the money
I have, but I can get some more if I need to.’

‘Well, what a
coincidence,’ smiled the man. ‘A dollar and eleven cents—the exact price of a
miracle for little brothers. ‘

He took her money in one hand and with
the other hand he grasped her mitten and said ‘Take me to where you live. I want
to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the miracle you
need.’

That well dressed man was Dr.Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon,
specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it
wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were
happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.

‘That surgery,’ her Mom whispered. ‘was a real miracle. I wonder how
much it would have cost?’

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a
miracle cost..one dollar and eleven cents….plus the faith of a little child.

In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.

A
miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law.
I know you’ll keep the ball moving!

Here it goes. Throw it back to
someone who means something to you!

A ball is a circle, no beginning, no
end. It keeps us together like our Circle of Friends. But the treasure inside
for you to see is the treasure of friendship you’ve granted to me.

Today
I pass the friendship ball to you.

Pass it on to someone who is a friend
to you.

MY OATH TO YOU…

When you are sad…..I will dry your
tears.

When you are scared…..I will comfort your fears.

When
you are worried…..I will give you hope.

When you are confused…..I
will help you cope.

And when you are lost…And can’t see the light, I
shall be your beacon….Shining ever so bright.

This is my oath…..I
pledge till the end.

Why you may ask?….Because you’re my friend.

Signed: GOD”

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Thumping Your Way To A Stronger Immune System

December 21, 2008 at 7:44 am (Random Rambles) (, , , )

I just got this email today about boosting the immune system.
This is great advice! I am also having great success and getting
sick less and less by taking a teaspoon of New Silver Solution daily.
Now there is a hand gel that I also have been using. When you work
at a school with over 1000 students you are subject to every disease
that is going around. I would not leave home without my safety net of
New Silver Solution. I hope you do not mind this endorsement of this
product, but I am on a mission to save people from diseases that we
are told there is no cure for, yet Silver Solution is making a huge
difference.

I have seen my fahter’s fingernails return to normal after he has had
a horrible nail fungus for years! He is an avid gardener so is somehow
picked up this infection that looked like he had a sponge stuck under his
fingernail. It took him a year of my asking him if he was using the product
to finally use it. Now he has it with him always.

Both my parents use it daily. Now there is a gel form too. If you are going
into the hospital for any surgeries, or to the dentist, you should have this
product. I use it on those sores you get if you bite the inside of your mouth.
Ouch those hurt but with Silver Gel they are gone in a day.

Silver Solution is curing children with Malaria in Africa! I am saving lives there when I donate bottles of it. It is really exciting. US Congress has given the company a product after following the tests on Silver Solution in Rwanda. Everyone tested on survived and no longer has any traces of Malaria.

Find out more about the patent, and everything Silver Solution can kill as far as harmful bacteria and viruses.

Ok…Now for Thumping Your Way To A Stronger Immune System

By Kelley Herring

With cold and flu season here, your immune system needs extra TLC. Along with exercise and a low-glycemic, nutrient-rich diet, there’s something else you can do. Stimulate your thymus.

The thymus is a gland located just behind the sternum. And while it’s tiny (weighing no more than 30 grams and shrinking down to only 5 grams by the time you reach the age of 75), this immune organ has a big job: It cranks out T-cells. (The “T” stands for thymus.)

You can wake up your thymus with a simple and effective exercise that has been practiced for ages. Here it is:

Make a loose fist (with either hand). Using the second row of knuckles, rhythmically tap on your breastbone with a heart-like beat – tap, tap, pause, tap, tap, pause. The tapping should be heavy enough to make a drumming sound, and you should feel a vibration (which is what stimulates the thymus).

Practice this immune-boosting exercise anytime – every day, if possible. (It is particularly beneficial when you feel like you’re getting sick.) Because the thymus is most active for 90 minutes after you fall asleep, doing this exercise just before bedtime is ideal. Aim for a minimum of 20 sets of 3 for a maximum of 5 minutes.

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Is The Fugue in D Minor Scary to You?

October 31, 2008 at 6:47 pm (Random Rambles) (, , , , , , )

I remember hearing this as a little kid and thinking it was the scariest music I had ever heard.  LOL.  I guess those were simplier times.

However it is Halloween and to celebrate I am sharing my scary music choice in a less than scary presentation.  If you have almost nine minutes to watch some dots set to music it is sort of fun the way they set this up.  Ok maybe it is not your idea of fun.  However this is one of the classics.  I always imagine someone playing this in an old movie theatre before the talkies came out and everyone glued to their seat to see the mummy attack the innocent victim.

Enjoy!  Happy Halloween.

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Who is Osama Obama?

October 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm (Random Rambles) (, , , )

Are things just too confusing in the world right now?  I work in a high school and two girls were being tutored in World History.  One of the girls said she does not like dictators like Hitler, Hussein, and Osama Obama. 

Sometimes it is really difficult to keep from laughing.  Gems from your kids!

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