Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Duke!

***Mom & I had a good day yesterday. We got up and got our coffee and went to several yard sales, then went out for breakfast at Pete's Corner Cafe in the Depot District (it was good!). I've been trying to get her out and walking around every day. Saturday we went to Liberty Bell and walked around a bit. That's a great place to get candles, by the way. I took her home and left her alone for a few hours so she could shower and just be home. I called her every couple of hours, of course. Yesterday afternoon we went to Fazoli's, then last night we watched an old black and white John Wayne movie, Red River. She's a big John Wayne fan. She's coming to church with me this morning. I'm so thankful she's doing well!

***Four expenses you can live without. I do well on this. We have basic cable, basic pay-as-you-go phones, and no gym memberships. I do buy bottled water, but certainly not at $1.75 a pop. I like the Meijer Fruitsation brand (gotta have a little flavor), and it's usually about $2.00 for six of them.

***Resist the siren call of sweets. Easier said than done, I know. I'm thankful that too much sugar nauseates me. I could eat maybe 1/2 a brownie, but that's it.

The students were lined up in the cafeteria for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: “Take only ONE. God is watching.”
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”

***The remarkable, unfathomable ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

***This is funny: Sandra Fluke's campaign stop in Reno draws 10 people!!

***Judge rules in favor of cheerleaders who display Biblical banners.

A judge has issued a temporary injunction allowing for a Texas high school cheerleading squad to display banners with Bible verses on them during football games.

District Judge Steve Thomas issued the injunction Thursday on behalf of the cheerleaders at Kountze High School, where officials had previously barred such banners in response to complaints from church-state watchdog groups.


***A sense of a goose
By Roger Darlington

Next Autumn, when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in a "V" formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. 

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are heading the same way we are.

When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. 

What message do we give when we honk from behind?

Finally - and this is important - when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of the formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies; and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their own group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.
flying geese in formation 
***House is being cancelled for next year. I never watch TV, but I did buy the DVDs for the first four seasons. After that, it became unwatchable. The first three seasons House was a jerk, but he had a good side and you could like him. Season 4 wasn't as good as the first three, I didn't like the new characters. There were still some good storylines, though. After that, it turned into a soap opera, and in the few episodes I watched in the later seasons, House had become a complete jerk with really no redeeming qualities other than his medical sense. Hugh Laurie played that part very well, but I stopped watching long ago. Looks like everyone else finally caught up with me! 

***Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.  ~David Star Jordan, The Philosophy of Despair
***Have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. The "four expenses" is often based on living in larger cities. Also I learned the demographic matters in that list. In more rural areas, cable television (digital if you've switched to high-definition television as we must in our area) is often the only source for community information. The idea of watching tertiary television on a stream but ignoring the things that do matter most (current events, weather warnings on the fly, local government meetings, et al) has been shown with this generation. The "Netflix Generation" is least proficient at information because they stick their heads into their portable devices and watch an entire season of a television programme and nothing else.