Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Who we are might be predetermined
The path we follow is always of our own choosing
We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny
Your destiny can't be changed but it can be challenged
Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
There are "lawn-mowers," people who are well-intentioned but self-absorbed; they tend to their own needs, mow their own lawns, and never leave their yards to help another person.
Finally, there are "life-enhancers," people who reach out to enrich the lives of others, to lift them up and inspire them.
We need to be life-enhancers and we need to surround ourselves with life-enhancers.
~ Walt Disney
Sunday, October 18, 2009
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. 13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. 14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. 15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I have been in the pie baking mood lately....In the last few weeks I have made a few peach and a few apple pies. There is something about fall that makes you crave pies.....This year so far I have managed to be quite the safety model in the kitchen. I have not dumped any unbaked item into the bottom of the oven as I was putting it in, which has happened a few times,and I have not burned anything at all! Most of all I have not set the oven on fire one time this year!!!!!!Yay!!!Somehow I have managed to do that quite often in years past. Oh wait I did set my bread on fire new years day but that doesn't really count right? Well I am pretty sure I should be come a firefighter because of my large set of skills regarding the distinguishing of oven fires!! I know....I am absolutely a dangerous asset to the kitchen:-) Anyway,I thought I would post some pictures of my latest pie baking adventures.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Have you ever heard the distinguished voice of mezzo -soprano ringing in your ears and cringed at the thought that this was talent? That the high pitched vibrating volume piercing your eardrums was a result of years of concentrated effort? Now imagine that resonance again throbbing through your eardrums only this time in a pitch slightly off. A pitch that makes a once beautiful intonation (if that is what you can consider it) the most awful torturous reverberation that has ever resounded through your sensitive ears. Does this harmonious thought make you squirm with disgust?
They say that the violin is the closest thing to the human voice. Now imagine once again with me the soaring notes of the soprano, only this time it’s heard on the flying notes of a bowed instrument. The melody though squeaky high as the sopranos ringing notes yet sweet as dove flying through the heavens. Swiftly let our imaginations take us to the torturous reverberation of the off key noise, only this time it’s worse. Instead of the voice it’s a violin flying through a high key with intonation so off all you can do is cover your ears never quite able to block out the cringing tone.
This is the most explicit explanation of my fingers fumbling along the neck of my violin. My inability to perform in tune has led me to the point of great frustration. Sometimes in order to vent such feelings, I will play and loudly as possible in hope that that the roar may become a sweet missive to ones ears. Yes, I know that is not the answer but I have managed to make poor Charles Dancla’s Air that he imagined sweetly dolce sound like a mad elephant. All the while piercing the eardrums of every member of my household including the neighbors.
While I strive to come to a perfect pitch I sometimes feel like quitting in the middle. Venting my frustrations on paper instead of on that beautiful instrument I feel I might have saved some unfortunates from going deaf all the while hopefully providing some amusement for my readers. At this time I believe I shall take my leave and greet once again the dirty looks my violin is sending me. Thank you for reading this and just for the record I like soprano singers in case my earlier mention of them did not leave a good strain of thought.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Happy Resurrection Sunday everyone. Here are a few neat quotes I thought I share.
The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. ~Robert Flatt
Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing. ~Albert Laighton
“The highest act of love is the giving of the best gift, and, if necessary, at the greatest cost, to the least deserving. That’s what God did. At the loss of His Son’s life to the totally undeserving, God gave the best gift – the display of the glory of Christ who is the image of God.” [John Piper]
"Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right;
Faith and Hope triumphant say
Christ will rise on Easter Day."
Phillips Brooks, An Easter Carol
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. ~Martin Luther
Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling" [Augustus M. Toplady, Hymn: Rock of Ages]
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Random Facts about Paris
1. Approximately 60 tons of paint is required to paint the Eiffel Tower
2. It is painted every seven years in 3 shades of brown using brushes
3. The top tourist attraction is Disneyland Paris.........go figure
4.Paris is the world capital city of shopping and fashion
5.The McDonald's big m in Paris is the only one in the world that is white
6. It is 3630 miles from New York
7. It's average January temp. is 39 degrees F........warmer than here for sure!
8. It's population is 2,153,600
9. The Eiffel Tower contains two restaurants,a snack bar, and a post office
10.Feel like going don't worry your airfare will only cost about $2,800...... :-)