I got asked to do my first ever talk today at church. My topic is Spiritual Growth toward Jesus Christ through Agency. I have to do the talk on February 8th. I already have several sc
So I'm thinking....bearing fruit in every good work....tomatoes....hmmm...:)....so I have decided that I will draw an analogy. I will compare us to tomato plants....unique tomato plants....which were designed to bear beautiful spiritual tomato fruit, but which are unique in that first, the plant must decide that it WANTS to bear fruit....and that is how I will bring in the aspect of agency.
I will talk about an unhappy, unhealthy tomato plant, growing in a shaded section of the garden, in poor soil. It does not get the nourishment it needs. It does not get enough light. When it rains, the poor soil doesn't hold the water in, so the roots of the plant can't thrive. It is not a happy plant....so it decides it will not grow tomatoes. It is all it can do to stay alive, and eventually, it will die.
But the tomato plants in the sunny part of the garden, which enjoy rich nourishing soil and lots of sunlight, put out plentiful fruit. They are beautiful, bursting with rich life. When the Gardener walks through his garden, and sees the beautiful fruit, He is well pleased.
Then I will bring in this quote:
"Brothers and sisters, the spirit that dwells in each of us can be enriched with enthusiasm and enlightened by the Almighty. The process of spiritual growth is revealed in the sc
And light is SO good for tomato plants! :)
My 54th great-grandfather, Bran Fendigaid ap Llyr Llediaith, King of Siluria, aka Bran the Blessed, was the first ever royal convert to Christianity.
Interestingly enough, his wife, my 54th great-grandmother, was born in Arimathea. Hmmm....wonder if she had anything to do with her husband's conversion? Her name was Anna Enygeus of Arimathea.
Is it even remotely possible that Anna Enygeus of Arimathea was ultimately responsible for all of the Irish Catholics? Was she the mustard seed that started it all? This website....
http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Arimathea-3......even claims that Anna Enygeus was the daughter of Joseph ben Matthat (Joseph of Arimathea), a rich man of Arimathea who donated his own tomb so that Jesus could be laid within. If that paternity claim is true, then the man who donated the tomb for Jesus was my 55th great-grandfather!
I entered the name of Joseph ben Matthat onto ancestry.com, and ran his line back as far as it would go. It passed King David...Methusaleh....and Noah....and finally went all the way back to Adam and Eve.
Gee, I love family history.
I apologize if I sound a little....exuberant.....but I am in love.....with my new blender. It is the best thing that has happened to me in months. It is called the Magic Bullet, and it makes my old blender look sick.
I remember standing there, waiting and waiting for my old blender to crush ice, and ending up with lumps of ice in whatever I was making anyway.
Now I can crush ice in less than a minute.
I am discovering a whole new world of smoothies and fabulous blended foods.
I have learned that all I have to do to double my metabolic rate is: before I have been awake 15 minutes, to pop an enzyme tablet in my mouth, add a scoop of vanilla whey protein to a little almond milk...(and add some cocoa powder)....and drink down a creamy chocolate smoothie. Then eat a small breakfast 30 minutes later....something like egg whites and whole wheat toast.
I saved $230.00 this year shopping at the Dollar Tree....which MORE than paid for the Magic Bullet and the whey powder. :)
It makes me a little crazy when I have to pay the full jacked up price for anything. Yeah, yeah...I know....I have to support the economy and the Republicans need a shot in the arm...but sometimes I want to have more of my own money for myself, instead of paying for someone else to live in a McMansion.
Re-use, recycle....re-purpose....learn to love vintage items and be proud of your vintage finds. But even more than that, keep your money in your pocket to use it for things that are REALLY important....and learn to recognize what is important and what isn't. Having brand name bleach and brand name laundry detergent is not as important as paying a tutor for your kids, or going on a family vacation, or donating the money to the poor and needy.
I know it's a little un-American to mock those who are so hypnotized by the hype they see on TV that they are unable to comprehend that bleach is bleach...same chemical formula no matter what brand you use. There are some things that are just....the same....or so close you have to be really freaked out and into the hype to have the difference matter to you.
Here's an example: the person who has to use expensive "color last" laundry detergent, which is chemically the same as Woolite....which is chemically the same as cheap hair shampoo? Oops...forget I said anything...we're not supposed to know that. And your hair shampoo....most of it is identical to cheap dishwashing detergent....at least, the part that actually cleans and washes your hair. Don't believe it? Consumer Reports published it about 25 years ago. 25 years ago Vidal Sassoon hair shampoo and dishwashing liquid did exactly the same job on hair.
I laugh inside a little sadly when I see the sheep line up to be shorn.
Here's a good rule of thumb....if you are paying more than $1.00 for any cleaning product, you are paying too much. Cleaning products can be sold for $1.00 and the company selling them can still make a profit. Case in point....I bought a bottle of Ajax antibacterial cleaning spray and left it out in my care by accident, where it froze solid. What does that tell you? The primary ingredient was water, with a little added colorant, and about 5 to 10% antibacterial agent. It probably cost them 20 cents to make it, and ten cents of that was the plastic bottle and spray mechanism.
There is a yellow cleaner available at Dollar Tree called "Awesome" cleaner, which comes in small spray bottles with large refill bottles available, and it cleans better than any brand name cleaner I have ever used.
To illustrate the savings on cleaning products alone, I bought all my cleaning products last month at the Dollar Tree.
Grocery store bleach= 1.79 vs. $1.00= .79 savings x 12 months (I use a gallon of bleach every month).=$9.48 savings a year.
Grocery Store Laundry Detergent=$9.99vs. $1.00 for a 50 oz, (which lasts me two to three weeks)= 8.99 savings x aprox. 17.3 weeks in a year=$155.52 savings a year.
Grocery Store Multisurface antibacterial cleaner =$6.49 vs Ajax Antibacterial multi-surface cleaner@ $1.00= 5.49 savings for 12 months. (I would use 1 bottle a month)=$65.88 savings per year.
Okay,,,,I really could go on and on....but I think that illustrates my point. If I buy the above three Dollar Tree products for ONE year, I saved myself $230.88.....and that is just for three products.
Multiply that savings by buying ALL your cleaning products...if possible....at the Dollar Tree. VERY few cleaning products there are inferior. Personally I would never buy the laundry stain remover there again.
Expand your savings by beginning to purchase your common toiletry items there. They carry Crest and Colgate toothpaste, Aquafresh, and many other brand names for $1.00, and you have to pay two to three times that amount elsewhere. For bar soap, the savings are similar, and brand names are available.
And don't get me started about the cost of antacids. Dollar Tree (when they have them in stock) carries a 60 ct. bottle of antacids for $1.00. That's .016 cents per antacid. My drugstore sells "Their" Brand of antacid in a 72 count bottle for 4.99...when I can get it. That is .069 cents per antacid. So....about a penny and a half per pill? OR almost 7 cents per pill? And it works exactly the same way and is chemically identical. I use a LOT of antacids....so this price difference can actually put a little dent in my wallet. Please don't tell anyone about this...I don't want them to be out of stock when I go to clean off the shelves again.
The key to using Dollar tree as a tool for savings is to educate yourself on the costs (elsewhere) to purchase your family's staple items. Not everything at Dollar Tree is an automatic bargain. When you go in, stick to your list. If you see something you love, or think might be a bargain, don't buy it until you have priced it elsewhere. You can do that right from your phone, and I recommend it. I was upset when I purchased two of the 33% more can of Campbell's Tomato Soup for a client, only to discover that Walmart was having a Campbell's Tomato Soup sale that day for 50 cents a can.
Dollar Tree is a wonderful place to buy greeting cards....and they are NICE cards! They aren't the little hurting ones you might imagine. And cards only cost 50 cents there....vs $4.99 at the big name place. Gift bags and wrapping paper are another way to score at Dollar Tree. Just try to find a gift bag for less than $3.99 elsewhere.
Another way to save where the savings are NEVER apparent is on printer paper for your home. None of us wants to buy the 5000 sheet box of printer paper at the Office store to maximize savings. 500 sheets of standard printer paper in a 5000 sheet box actually costs you 1.99, and then you have to look at that huge box for 6 months to a year. You can get a 500 ct. block of printer paper at Walmart for 2.99, and keep your house neater looking.
If Dollar Tree EVER starts stocking the absolutely plain glass plates again, I am stocking up. You can buy a couple of dollar tree posters or pictures and mod podge them on the backs of the plain glass plates. They are such a fun and easy craft project for kids and the elderly.
I hope you are psyched up to save, now. Get out there and SAVE the day!
At some point in your life, you are probably going to realize that your life is MORE worthwhile when you are performing services for others.
You might decide to volunteer one day a month at your local food pantry, or you might help an elderly neighbor. In whatever way you choose to serve, you will find that the gift you receive is greater than the gift you have given. In serving others, you give yourself value....value that YOU recognize....and value that others recognize. You are enriched.
Bring dinner to a family whose mother is ill. Babysit for a father who has to go and visit his wife in the hospital. You will see need all around you, and all you need to do is step up now and then.
You will be the greater for it....and happier.
Two men were driving into the CVS pharmacy parking lot. The first man saw a parking spot right in front of the store, and started a slow turn into it. The second man cut him off, and screeching his tires a little, whipped into the parking spot ahead of him. Then he ran into the store without even looking at the first man.
"What a jerk! What a stinking, rotten jerk!," the first man said to himself, and shook his head to think that people were so awful and uncaring.
He went into the pharmacy and headed to the back of the store. He saw the character who had cut him off dashing down one of the aisles, and stared after him. The pharmacist saw him staring.
"That poor man," said the pharmacist. "His three year old daughter has a fever of 104 degrees, and he was frantic to get her amoxicillin. I hope he makes it home safely."
That story illustrates a point. We never know what is really going on with other people. We don't know with what pressures they are dealing. We can't know their pain, or what they are suffering. We can't know if their wife just left them, or if they just lost their job. We can't know that they might have spent the last ten years caring for an aged parent at home and are ready to blow.
Someone said that to know all, is to love all. I think that is true to a certain extent.
The main thing, when we look at other people, is to realize that they are a beloved spirit child of God....and we can't possibly know their feelings or their motivations. We have to realize that there are probably understandable reasons for things we dislike, and we have to provide a sort of blanket forgiveness....and give them the love they deserve as God's child.
Think of growing up in your own family. Brothers taunt sisters and are forgiven. Parents hurt their children, and are loved anyway. Are other humans less deserving?
You can love the smelly ones....from 20 feet away. You can love the malicious gossip...just don't hang out with her. You can love the stupid ones...just nod your head and smile.
The nature of love is not only acceptance and forgiveness, but also recognition of the beautiful spiritual nature inherent in all humans, that spiritual essence of God within the flesh.
2 sticks of butter (1 cup), softened
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 and 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla
Cream together the butter, egg and sugar and vanilla in a food processor.
1 slightly mounded teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon of sea salt (or a tad more)
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 tiny bowl of sugar...about 1/3 cup
Process together. Mixture will be very dry. As the processor is running, add 1 Tablespoon of water, or slightly more, until mixture begins to move well within the food processor. Dough will be thick, elastic, and slightly tacky.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Using a small ice cream scoop, create balls of dough. Dip the top half of each ball of dough in the bowl of sugar.
Place balls of dough at least 2" apart on the cookie sheet. You will find you can fit about 8 cookies on a sheet if properly placed.
Bake 8 minutes exactly. Remove pan from the oven, and allow cookies to cool for two minutes before attempting to remove them to a wire cooling rack. Allow the cookies to cool, set, and harden slightly before removing to a plate. Cookies will be crisp on the bottom, and moist and chewy in the center.
Variation: Rolle's Own White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies
Make recipe for sugar cookies as above, then remove the dough completely from the food processor into a large bowl.
Add 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
Add 1 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
Stir the nuts and chips into the dough.
Follow directions as above, but do not dip cookies into sugar before baking.
I learned to make these cookies while working as a volunteer in a cafeteria in Boston. I have adapted the recipe to make a small batch.
White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Cookies
1 box super-moist chocolate fudge cake mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1-2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup to 1 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat all but the last two ingredients together until smooth. If it seems too dry, add an additional tablespoon of milk.
Use a small ice cream scoop, and scoop out dough into 1/2 ball shapes. Place them on the parchment paper and allow at least 2" between each cookie, because they spread out. You can probably fit 8-10 cookies on your cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are set. Let cookies rest for at least one minute after baking, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
Soup is one of my favorite foods. I often make wonderful homemade soups, but when I don't have time, I fall back on those large cans of chunky soup. I noticed that a 19 oz can of chunky soup often came with a chunky price, $2.79 minimum.
I discovered I can take three or four cans of other ingredients and combine them....for about the same price....and I get three or four times the amount of soup.
Here is a simple and easy one:
Easy Corn Chowder
1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can of corn
1 can of diced potatoes
1 small can of chunk chicken
I usually don't drain the cans. I just add the entire contents to the soup, and I try to stir some of the liquid into the condensed soup first to break it down so it isn't lumpy.
You end up with 50 oz. of soup, for about 4.19, vs. the equivalent 2/1/2 cans of chunky soup for 6.97.
Here's another one:
Easy Chicken Stew
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 can milk
1 can chunk chicken
1 can of mixed vegetabes with potatoes (drained)
This makes about 50 oz of soup for about $3.57, vs. 2 1/2 cans of chunky soup for $6.97.
Easy Chunky Meatball Stew
2 cans beef gravy
8-10 frozen meatballs (cut in half after they thaw)
1 can mixed vegetables with potatoes, undrained.
This makes a little over 50 oz of soup for 6.97, vs 6.97 for the equivalent amount of chunky soup, but you get more meatballs.
You can use your imagination and make your own designer chunky soups. The main idea is that you usually get about 3 times the amount of soup for less money.
You may or may not know this, but you are a child of God. Yup. He is the grand-daddy of them all. Your spirit has been alive for a long, long time...even before you got the vacation package to earth.
So why couldn't we just stay in Heaven? Things were great.
I have a theory about that. I am willing to bet that when you live someplace where things are perfect all the time, you don't grow up.
I don't know if we volunteered to come down to earth to attend the school of hard knocks, or if we got volunteered. Imagine a universe crowded with spoiled spirit children incapable of understanding why they are so annoying.
Here we are, however it was decided, attending daily classes in how to be a better being....how to become compassionate.....how to love one another.
The great thing about these classes is that my teacher loves me. I am kind of His pet....along with all of the rest of you. There is a sliding scale on the grading system, and you almost always get second, third, and even fourth chances to take the tests over again if you don't do well the first time.
We just have to follow some basic rules, and we will do well without even trying. I think there were 10 of them.
I am becoming a better student...slowly. How are your grades? I hope you pass with flying colors. :)
1 large can of white albacore tuna
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion (optional)
1 6 oz container low fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon lime juice (taste when flavors have blended).
Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
The onion and the lime juice contrast in such an interesting way with the vanilla yogurt.
All the flavors work, and you find that you don't miss the mayonnaise.
Don't you wish there were hard and fast rules of ettiquette regarding how people should behave when they are ill? I do.
We all have that relative who walks up to us at a party and gives us a big hug and a slobbery kiss, and then says, "Oooh....I am SO sick!!! I've had strep throat (bubonic plague, lice, herpes, and the creeping crud)....for a week and I just can't shake it!"
How about the so-called "friend" who comes up to you at church, gives you a big hug and a kiss, and then hangs around blowing her air in your face, and tells you she has had bronchitis for days and days, and wouldn't even be at church if she didn't have to speak? You sit there wondering if she is a fake Christian, or a complete air-head.
I've seen women pushing strollers at the elderly housing complex, cooing to their child, " I KNOW you are sick, honey....we'll get you home as soon as possible." (But first I wanted to expose Grandma to your germs!)
Exposing the elderly to illness, for any reason, is, in my opinion, the next thing to a criminal act, especially in elderly housing or nursing homes, where the germs will spread from that one source, to almost everyone in the building.
An elderly person on oxygen could die from being exposed to the cold or flu virus. People on oxygen go easily into pneumonia, as do people who suffer from asthma or COPD.
Lack of consideration, and careless exposure of others to your germs or your children's germs, causes so much needless suffering; could even cause death....and why?
Sometimes it is because people can't stand to miss the party and keep their germs to themselves, or because they care so little about others that the idea of protecting other people never enters their minds. Sometimes they are desperate, and think they have to run to the store to buy Kleenex, and have no one else to help them. However, they now have grocery store delivery. You can place an order online, and pay a $5.00 delivery charge, and keep your sick rear-end at home.
We all know that working people are between the rock and the hard place when they become ill. You have to save your sick days for serious things, like surgery, and being out too often could lose you your job.
We know that parents can't afford to stay home from work when their children are ill, so sometimes they send their children to school sick, where the illness is passed to at least half the class, and then travels to at least 15 to 20 homes.
I don't have any good suggestions for what people can do to lessen the exposure in the workplace or at school, except that if you can afford a babysitter, keep your sick children out of school.
I can make a suggestion for your optional exposure of others to your germs in cold and flu season. If you know you are sick, or your child is sick, and you don't HAVE to go out...in other words, if it is a social outing...or even church...then do NOT go. Think of others, and spare them. You don't know how far your germs will spread, or to whom. You don't know who you will harm.....a tiny baby.....or an elderly woman on an oxygen tank.....they are all your targets when you leave your house while ill.
Please think. Please care.
I was giving the issue of parent/child relationships some thought last year. I was in my car, and I was driving one town away from where my son lives. I was on my way to his house to pick up some of my things that are stored in his garage. He had told me he would leave the garage door open.
I understood that he had other plans that day, and would not be home. But for a brief moment, I thought about the fact that I am only invited to my son's home on Christmas Eve, and other than that I only see my son on Mother's day, and my birthday. I don't know if my son barbecues. He has a barbecue grill, and I thought, briefly, how nice it would be if he invited me over for a barbecue....when it wasn't mother's day....or my birthday. I tried not to dwell on the thought....but for a few minutes it hurt my feelings that my son did not feel comfortable enough around me to socialize with me casually.
Then the thought hit me....that God is our eternal Father. He is our parent in the most important sense of the word. And none of us ever invites God over for a "barbecue". I wondered if that hurt God's feelings. Right then and there....in my mind....I invited God over to MY figurative barbecue.
Then the thought hit me that going to church every Sunday is like going over to your Father's house for a visit. He has asked us to keep His day holy....and going to church is like dedicating the day to our Father....the best sort of family visit.
I thought about all the years when I hadn't gone to church....and I wondered if that had hurt God's feelings....just as mine were hurt that I so seldom got a chance to see my son.
I hope I didn't hurt God's feelings. I hope I get the chance to see Him one day, and make sure He knows I didn't mean to neglect Him. Oh...wait...He already knows! :)
Cocoa can be waaay different than what most people think....and it doesn't have to be as sugary as all that.
The most important thing is to use the right cocoa. Ghiradelli UNSWEETENED is the only cocoa that will give you the nicest cocoa flavor. I have tried almost all the others, and the results were....disappointing.
Here is a recipe I enjoy:
12 oz unsweetened almond milk (1/2 the calories of regular milk)
Heat the almond milk in a mug 4 minutes in the microwave.
Add 2 mounded kitchen teaspoons of sugar, stir well. Then add 2 heaping tall kitchen teaspoons of Ghiradelli cocoa, and stir until all the lumps have melted out. If cocoa adheres to the sides of the cup, blend it out with the spoon.
If you knew that these were the last days before a cataclysmic event, would you do anything differently than you are doing now? I thought about that movie, Armageddon, with Bruce Willis (I just love him!)...and I said to myself....well...what if there were no quirky crew of heroes who were going to deflect the asteroid just in time?
What would I do if I knew that I had two or three weeks left? Or even a little more warning... what if you knew a year or two in advance? I don't think I would do too much different than I am doing right now, except maybe I would see my son more.
What would you do differently? Always...always live your life as if every day will be your last.
When you feel hurt, or lost, or alone, there is one who was sent to comfort you.
John 14:26 (John repeating the words of Jesus)
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
John placed a confession of Christ on the lips of a woman, a woman who was known for her openness, her strength, and her practical nature. "She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world."
This is a confession of Christ which takes similar form only once more in the other Gospels, where it is uttered by Peter.
For the early church, to confess Christ in this way was the mark of an apostle.
However, we must conclude from this story and this confession that Martha is also a leading personality, like the apostles in the early church.
She was tenacious, wise, combative, competent, emancipated woman with many practical responsibilities in the community…
He saw strength in the combative extravert. As far as John was concerned, the church needed women who were aware of themselves – we still do.
In John's narrative, Mary and Martha are more central than their brother. Lazarus never speaks a word, even after he is raised by Jesus, but ample dialogue and action occurs between both Jesus and Martha and Jesus and Mary. Martha's words are especially powerful when she declares that Jesus is the Messiah. Mary is known particularly because of her action of anointing Jesus' feet (John 11:2).
By the time Jesus and the disciples arrive in the village, Lazarus has been dead for four days; his sisters are in mourning. Martha is an assertive, well-spoken woman with a deep faith; she is not distracted by many things. She runs out to Jesus while Mary stays at home. After complaining about his tardiness, Martha affirms her belief that even now God will do anything Jesus asks. Jesus says that he is the "resurrection and the life" and asks if she believes this. Martha confesses, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world" (John 11:27). Her words are similar Simon Peter's reply to Jesus' question, "Who do you say that I am?" (Matthew 16:15-16).
After making this statement, Martha fetches Mary, telling her that Jesus is calling her. Mary answers Jesus' invitation, runs out, and falls down weeping at his feet. Her faith is not as deep as Martha's. She says, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died" (John 11:32b).
My neighbor told me that when she was a young teenage girl, she and her girlfriends thought it was the most wonderful thing to walk downtown together on a Friday night.
She said they never had to worry about being safe, because in those days it was very safe. She said the boys would drive by in their cars and try to talk to them, and see if they wanted a ride, and of course they would say no. She told me the boys were always very polite and when the girls said no, they would just drive on.
She said that was the whole point of the girls taking a walk...just for the thrill of the boys asking them to take a ride. She said they would talk about that all week.
Pray for wisdom with a sincere heart. God always answers this prayer, and for some of us, it could take hundreds of years.
Previous PostsTomatoes Bursting with Goodness, posted January 25th, 2015
A Nugget from the History of Christianity, posted January 24th, 2015
Best Money I Ever Spent, posted January 23rd, 2015
How Much Am I REALLY Saving? The Dollar Tree Diva, posted January 22nd, 2015
Love and Service, posted January 16th, 2015
The Nature of Love, posted January 16th, 2015
Rolle's Own Sugar Cookies, posted January 13th, 2015
Cookies from Cake Mix, posted January 13th, 2015
Chunky Soups for Less, posted January 5th, 2015
Heaven 101, posted January 3rd, 2015
No-Mayo Tuna Salad, posted December 28th, 2014
Illness Ettiquette, posted December 27th, 2014
Parent/Child Relationships, posted December 22nd, 2014
Cocoa For Grownups, posted October 1st, 2014
If You Knew, posted September 30th, 2014
The Comforter, posted September 23rd, 2014
Martha's Strength of Faith, posted September 22nd, 2014, 2 comments
John 11:1-12 on Mary and Martha, posted September 22nd, 2014
A Sweet Story, posted September 3rd, 2014
How to Live an EXTREMELY Long Life, posted August 27th, 2014
Tender Mercies, posted August 19th, 2014
Weighing In On Obesity, posted August 17th, 2014
The Little Caterpillar, posted August 9th, 2014
I DO LOVE YOU, posted July 10th, 2014
SHOULD YOU BRING YOUR MOM OR DAD HOME TO LIVE WITH YOU?, posted July 10th, 2014
The History of Oscar the Cat, posted July 3rd, 2014
Family History, posted June 25th, 2014
Thoughts On a Tree, posted June 24th, 2014
The Odd Antics of Oscar the Cat, posted June 6th, 2014
Grape Salad Dressing, posted June 3rd, 2014
Would You Know Him?, posted May 25th, 2014
The Coffee Crop Disaster, posted May 22nd, 2014
Medical Manners 101, posted May 17th, 2014
Oscar the Cat, posted April 25th, 2014
Religious Tolerance, posted February 19th, 2014, 2 comments
Red Beans and Rice...BIG Batch, posted August 10th, 2013
Mexican Can-Opener "Casserole", posted August 9th, 2013
The Greatest Love, posted January 19th, 2013, 2 comments
My New Name, posted January 15th, 2013
Dance, posted January 13th, 2013
Goodbye, posted January 10th, 2013
Snickers Diva, posted January 2nd, 2013
Do I Look Like Richard Simmons?, posted December 12th, 2012
Romance, posted November 25th, 2012
A Good Man, posted November 15th, 2012
Are They Lost, posted November 8th, 2012
The Need For Love, posted November 4th, 2012, 5 comments
The Swan, posted October 20th, 2012
Waiting for the Dollar Sale, posted October 16th, 2012
My Inner Puppy, posted September 26th, 2012, 1 comment
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