Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Come the Dawn

So, it's going to be another warm one today in the Valley of the Sun.  (Yes, I've finally grown accustomed to natives reserving the word "hot" for temps exceeding 110.)

Initially, my pre-dawn ritual was born of necessity.  Nowadays, it's a happy habit ... a Simple Pleasure. 

Armed with a cup of "jump juice", I cherish the cool(-ish) air..... the precious stillness. 
Navigating by memory, I pause to regard Orion's belt ... my interpretation of the Holy Trinity.  
.....And allow myself to wonder -- how many other souls may be stopped at that same moment, absorbing the constellation.   

In the time it takes to shower, the sky gently transforms itself -- the stars are no longer visible.  But, of course, they're still there!  It's my own mortal vision that's lacking.

Any minute now .... here comes the sun.   Genesis, rewritten with every dawn!

Monday, September 27, 2010


This will certainly pull at your heart-strings!
Yes, it's a bit long -- but, oh wowser .... the music just leaves me wanting more, more, more!
I hope you agree, this is a wonderful way to begin the new week!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I can stand what I know.  It's what I don't know that frightens me.
-- Frances Newton

Not every day do we rise with the strength needed to do our part.
Fear of the unknown, often referred to as "free-floating anxiety" catches up to most everyone on occasion.  

It's a given, fear cannot exist where there is faith.  Nevertheless, certain obligations and scads of "what-if's"  recently threatened to undermine my confidence ....reminding me of faith's absence.

Reluctant to ask for help, I instead sought counsel in a favored book of daily devotions.  In part it read, "Reach out, be attentive to others -- and the connection to God will be made."

"Shifting (the) focus from self-centered fears to another person's needs offers us a perspective on our own life.  It also offers us a chance to let God work through us.  Our own faith is strengthened each time we offer our services to God and to a friend in need.  What may frighten us seems less important the closer we are to the people in our lives."

So, I'm not saying I felt poised - particularly when the power went out!  But once I took a deep breath and turned my efforts "inside out", those crazy fears were certainly dimished; almost forgotten!           

As Christians, we are charged to reach out to others with compassion, with love.  In turn, our answers will be realized.

May your Today be especially peaceful and pleasant .... aren't we so incredibly blessed?!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Gender contest?


Have you seen this?   
Which team do you think won?


OK ...I totally missed "it" the first time, too!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Are you ready for some football? 
(Part II)

You bet-cha!  DH and I've become huge fans of college football in the last couple of years..... specifically the Auburn Tigers.   Thank you, son!

'Not certain how to define this attraction.  Perhaps its (my) being awed by all the youthful idealism?   Since I've never been to a "real" college football game before, or tail-gated even!, we've planned our next trip to coincide with a storied rivalry this November.    

One problem.    My silly old heart goes out to these boys (OK, men) who suffer injuries .... humiliating mistakes.   In the final seconds of last week's game the opponent's wide receiver dropped the ball near the end zone - cementing the Tigers' victory.   And as the credits rolled, the sideline cameras captured his face -- wet with so many tears -- my own face began to crumple. 

Yes, that's part of Life.   What I've trouble wrapping my mind around are those gee-normous routs which occur so often.   I ask DH .... then son:   Why doesn't the winning orgaization "let" the other team score, just once - or, twice?"  
"If I were coach, I'd be known as, the "Coach With Compassion."  (So there!)

And, in separate conversations, a thousand miles apart, they answered as one:   "You'd be an UNEMPLOYED coach." 

Is this a "guy" thing?  

Guess I'd better grow a backbone, huh? -- and stick to my day job!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mother used to caution .....
"Things could always be worse"!

So, how's your day going?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

With a little help ....

Western Oregon senior Sara Tucholsky had never hit a home run in her career. Central Washington senior Mallory Holtman was already her school's career leader .

But when a twist of fate and a torn knee ligament brought them face to face with each other and face to face with the end of their playing days, they combined on a home run trot that celebrated the collective human spirit far more than individual athletic achievement. (-Excerpted,ESPN)

When fellow Christians stumble and fall, we should follow the example of these ball players:  Reach out, lift them up and carry them along!

If you've time to watch this moving video, please take a sec to "mute" my music box below.   Thank you ... and have a blessed new week!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I'm still here ... sort of

So, I've inherited this insane Project that's sucked every living bit of my thought processes....
what little's left, that is!

D-Day's but a week away ....
bear with me, ya'all?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Happy Labor Day weekend!!!  
Imagine many of you are hitting the highways and skylanes in search of adventure.  I, too, used to go-go-go at a moment's notice ... chasing the song of the loreli.

Though this weekend marks DH's and my 6th wedding anniversary -- we're trying to embrace this "awful" concept called, fiscal responsibility. (LOL).
I'm thinking, travel needent involve suitcases and strange bathrooms (eeeeek!) ..... 
....that the following speaks of being "grounded" in what really matters!   

For Closeness T-R-A-V-E-L
-- from LifeSupportSystem.com

Inmate Mitchell King had a visitor - his wife. King was serving a six-year jail term in Auckland, New Zealand for armed robbery. But his wife didn't want to be away from him for that long. So they held hands. And they stuck. She'd rubbed her palms with Super Glue.

Their new-found closeness was short-lived. And their separation painful. Her technique is not one I'd recommend for a closer relationship.

But if you want more closeness; if you desire relationships that are deeper and broader, more meaningful and longer-lasting, then remember the word 'travel.'

T is for TRUST. Trust is the glue that holds people together (not Super Glue). A relationship will go nowhere without it.

R is for RESPECT. 'Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead; do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead,' writes Anna Cummins. It's about respecting others and letting them know that you value them.

A is for AFFECTION. Sometimes affection means love. Sometimes it means a touch. Always it means kindness.

V is for VULNERABILITY. Though we may feel afraid to let another too close, no relationship will go anywhere without risking vulnerability. Entrepreneur Jim Rohn says, 'The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.' And the love.

E is for EMOTIONAL INTIMACY. Learn to be open. Learn to communicate freely. What kinds of relationships you make are largely determined by how openly you have learned to communicate.

L is for LAUGHTER. Victor Borge got it right when he said, 'Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.' It's also the most enjoyable.

For relationships that can really go somewhere, just remember the word 'travel.' Then enjoy the trip!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Oooh, what a feeling!

So, I'm not real fond of having my hair trimmed every few weeks, but there's a sweet, silver lining!

No surprise, my hair "guru" is a busy gal.  There's not much time to cleanse... repeat ... and condition.
But I'm telling ya, let them stick my head backwards against cool porcelain and I'm a goner!  My nose goes into overdrive at those aromas ...........while the rest of me slowly melts

Why does it feel sooooo good to have someone else wash your hair? 

In case Life's gotcha by the horns today, why not wander over to Dayle's place for more great examples of being good to yourself ...  it's all about Simple Pleasures!