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9-9-11

As a nation we have adopted the 9-1-1 phone number as a call for help. It was no co-incidence that the largest terrorist attack was on September 11th. Somehow our defenses being breached and strangers being killed lowered our individual barriers and brought us closer to those around us. But we didn’t stay close. We, as a nation, moved past our shock and grief. We became annoyed at the increased security at the airports and the cost of a war we didn’t win before the Super Bowl. Most of us didn’t know anyone who died that day and so it wasn’t as personal to us.

This weekend the media will be over flowing with tributes and retrospectives. Will we watch? Will we remember the fear and the sorrow? Have we learned anything in the years that have passed? Will our churches be filled once again with people praying for strangers who are lost or wounded this weekend?

9-1-1…in case of emergency. One of the papers to fill out at the beginning of each school year is a blue card with emergency contact number. The card asks for three people to contact in case the parents or guardians of a student cannot be reached. Who do you call in case of emergency?  Who can you count on to come for your child? Who can you turn to when your world comes crashing down around your ears?

And who turns to you?

 

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Building

I have spent some time today working on the background stuff of my site. There is so much I do not know that I don’t know where to begin.

Next week I have five guest bloggers who I enjoy reading and who inspire and motivate me in some area of my life. Just the step of setting up the guest blogs has involved me growing as a WP user.

 

What have you done today that moves you closer to the goals you set for your self and the dreams hidden in your heart?

(And where do I find the “internal link” button?”

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10 years ago today…

…was a Friday. Most people were probably looking forward to the weekend. Some were heading out of town for that post-Labor day trip to the beach. School was in session and kids were complaining that it was too soon while parents were grateful for the routine to begin again.

Do you remember where you were that Friday? Who did you spend time with? If you’re like most people you may not remember very clearly. It was just another ordinary Friday night. Just like today is another ordinary Wednesday.

But I’m pretty sure you remember where you were four days later. That was the day our generation will never forget. It joins the collection of dates that mark great upheaval in our personal lives and in our national journey. The day Kennedy was shot. D-Day. Black Friday. Kent State. Neil Armstrong. Just the mention of these words bring back powerful memories for some and for others a blank reference.

Over the next few days there will be countless blogs and article and special programming about 9/11. But it’s today I want you to remember. The ordinary days of our lives that slip by too quickly unheralded and unmemorialized.

Someone died today leaving behind loved ones who don’t know how they will keep breathing. Someone was born today. A blessing beginning with a cry of joy and pain changing so many lives just by being alive. Someone got a job at last and someone worked their last day.

Firefighters across the nation are racing toward the danger today. Texas is blazing. Parts of the northeast are still underwater from a week ago and people in Joplin are still facing the aftermath of the tornado months later.

There is nothing ordinary today, dear reader. It’s just too precious to let slip away.

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Reading

I love reading. I always have. I average a book a week. I trend toward informational books or classics more than fiction or essays lately.

I am currently considering thinning my book collection. My bookcase is 8 feet wide, 12 inches deep and 8 layers high. It covers one entire wall of my office. I was looking at it yesterday and realizing it’s stagnate. Most of the volumes haven’t moved in a while. So I started wondering why I still have them sitting there. Especially the ones that no longer match my reading taste.

Last week I cleared out a 1.5 cubic ft box of clothes from my closet. I guessing there may be 3 boxes of books about to join it in the holding room waiting to go to Goodwill. One of the things I’m pretty sure I’m ready to let go of are the Beth Moore teaching series that I’ve already done. If you are interested in moving these to your library let me know. I’m sure we could work something out.

One shelf that I am looking forward to filling is the shelf for authors I know or have helped in their publishing process. This is probably my favorite section. Something about knowing the story behind the story makes it a real treasure. Always room for those.

The next one I’m waiting to add is by David Felts. David will be a guest blogger later this month. Also holding space for Laural Armster’s 10 part historical series, Emarie Willings sci fi, a historic epic by a pirate and what will be the first of many books by a new author out of Colorado.

Other than the stuff you find on the computer screen, what are you reading? Why are you reading it? Would you read it again? Would you recommend other’s read it? What’s the best thing you’ve ever read?

Just wondering, dear readers.

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Broken Links

The little photos on the side of my page don’t show up like they used to. I broke them somehow. They were set up by someone who knows programming and was kind enough to help me with the transition from the pieces of old sites to this one. The site is still very far from what I want it to be but he gave me a great start and got it up and running nicely.

Then I tried to change one of the little squares on the right hand side. I thought I understood how to do it. I thought I could do it myself. It made sense when I started but then something happened and the little pictures don’t work. The links are broken.

Over the past couple of years there have been some little links in my life that have been broken. Let me start by saying I didn’t mess with them. I didn’t try to change them or fix something. Someone else did.

Someone decided to turn off Guiding Light after 72 years. 72 YEARS! I know it was just a soap opera but in my life it was one of the most consistent and stable links I had. No matter where I lived or what my circumstances, for an hour I could find familiar characters and enter a world where I knew what was going on. Shortly after that lost As The World Turns was cancelled in it’s 54th year. More “friends” and familiar faces gone.

Seven years ago I stumbled upon a ministry out of Colorado. I bought the books and recorded messages. I went to the retreats. But the thing that made the most difference in my journey was the other people who had somehow been drawn to the same ministry. Most of the people I never met face to face but through the ministry forum they became friends. They were people I cared about and who cared about me. Last year as I was losing GL and ATWT the ministry decided to close the forum. Another link broken.

Yesterday I was emotionally prepared for another era to come to an end. I told you last week about my connection with the MDA telethon and Jerry Lewis. I had my dvr set to record the seriously truncated telethon and was really planning on sitting there and crying through Jerry’s last appearance. My heart was in no way prepared for the sudden announcement that Jerry would not be on the telethon at all. A quick search of the internet gave me little information other than there had been an abrupt and unexplained parting of the ways between MDA and Jerry that seems to be initiated by MDA. Searching their site they have removed Jerry from the history of the telethon entirely.

There are very few links left in my life that go back more than ten years. A handful of relatives, two long distance friends from one of the 5 high schools I attended, and three long distance friends from a church I attended more than a dozen years ago that I hear from a couple of times a year.

I read somewhere that “it’s easy to make new friends but very hard to make old friends”.

I guess I need to get my little picture links fixed. I’m starting to think it will be easier on my heart to learn code than to restore the other links that have been broken.

 

P.S. I didn’t do my Christmas cards. They are sitting on my desk unopened.

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Labor Day Weekend

I know many of my readers have already turned off their computers and headed out of town for the weekend. I’ve made my preparations for the three major parts of my weekend.

Saturday morning breakfast family style. One of the things I love about my husband is his great skill at making pancakes. Tomorrow we will have the joy of seeing extra faces at the table. Our oldest daughter is in town and in transition from one part of her journey to the next. Fresh orange juice and Jimmy Dean sausage will go nicely with the stacks of fluffy hot pancakes.

After breakfast is cleared up it’s on to the cabin for the rest of the day and in to Sunday. Nothing like sitting by a fire with a glass of wine and my favorite person in the whole wide world. We’re going to do some work on the water lines tomorrow. The well is full but the holding tank is empty. Mystery cabin style.

Sunday afternoon will see us back home for the end of an era. For the past 31 years I have watched the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon and it’s been my tradition to address my Christmas cards during the late hours. This year the telethon only runs from 6pm until midnight. Every year at the end of the telethon Jerry sings “Walk On” for his kids. This will be the last year. Jerry is retiring.  I have my Christmas cards all ready. This year I have decided to do something special in honor of the last Christmas Cards with Jerry. If you would like me to make a donation to MDA in your name post “Send my card to Jerry” before midnight Sunday night.

After all…if it’s not a labor of love it’s just another long weekend.

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Gifts of love

My love language is gifts.

I love giving them.

I love hunting them down and finding just the right something for someone.

I love mailing random little things to friends in the mail.

And I love receiving gifts that show someone sees my heart.

This week I received such a gift.

Ayish Kodesh

This prayer shawl was commissioned for my Jubilee year

and with great love and thought each color and symbol and word

have meaning in to my heart and my journey. 

And as with all great gifts,

most of those meanings are deeply personal.

“I am blessed beyond measure,

loved more deeply than I know,

standing on the Solid Rock

that is Amazing Grace.”

LV Jubilee

 

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Good Will and U-haul

I’m cleaning out my clothes closet. I do this twice a year. At the end of the purge there is always a bag of stuff going to the donation truck for Goodwill. The problem is with the stuff that I’m not willing to send to Goodwill just yet and so I stick it back into my closet to wait the next round.

Today I’m doing it a little differently. Instead of sticking things I’m not committed to wearing back into the closet I’m going to seal them up in a U-haul box. We have several left from the tween room remodel project and I hate to see them just sitting empty. Anyway, I’m going to itemize what’s in the box, just on the off chance I desperately need something, put an expiration date on the box and if it goes unopened until that date it will go to Goodwill and I’ll already have my donation list for the tax deduction.

Off to tackle the closet….

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Three In One

This morning I have a new perspective on the Holy Trinity.

I have been reading a lot on getting my “career” going and the direction I’m heading in has become broader instead of the nice narrow path I thought I was walking. I thought I was working on being a writer. Turns out to be a successful writer these days you also need to be your own marketing department. You also need to be your own web design, IT and graphic department. Not to mention your own researcher, board of directors, maintenance, admin and in your spare time social media expert.

Not at all surprising God lets us see Him in many differing roles. We are, after all, created in His image. He is vastly creative. He’s called the “Author (and this is the part that gets me) and FINISHER of our faith”. He has policy and procedures. His marketing plan is the most unconventional but most successful in history. His book is a permanent best seller, translated into more languages than any other. His webs are intricately woven with material that is delicate to the touch but strong as steel by workers who intimidate not with size but with simple appearance. His graphic department is emulated by every aspiring artist ever. Research isn’t so much of a challenge for Him as He has that whole before time thing going for Him. Board of Directors never really got off the ground after Job applied for the job. His idea of maintenance and ours doesn’t necessarily match up. I’m thinking it’s probably us who is going to need to shift the thinking on this one. He’s made some very interesting choices in the Admin department. Using the humble certainly does confound the mighty. His social media concept was and still is pretty counter intuitive to those who aren’t part of the organization.

So, I’m off to switch hats. The writing part is done for today. Now all the rest kicks in.

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PR Campaign

I am starting a PR Campaign. PR as in Personal Responsibility. In an effort to get some perspective and wisdom on personal responsibility I’ve assembled some experts. Here is a snipe of a “conversation” I would love to have over heard.

Eleanor: Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.

Sigmund: Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.

Scott: Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity.

Thomas: In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for “finding himself.” If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.

Barack: It’s time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington. To help build a new foundation for the 21st century, we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient, more transparent, and more creative. That will demand new thinking and a new sense of responsibility for every dollar that is spent.

Viktor: I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.

Richard: If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.

John: The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.

Time to grow up, people.
Take a look at where you are.
It’s exactly where your choices have led you.
Now look at where you want to be.
It’s going to be your choices that get you there or not.
Time to take responsibility for your own life.
Honestly, who else are you going to trust to make your decisions?

(Can you name the “guest” speakers today?)

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