Archive | April, 2015

Sunday Sermon and Silly Stuff

19 Apr

“He that can have patience can have what he will.” 

― Benjamin Franklin

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Today’s Gospel and my abridged take on it. Gosh, my version usually is no where close to the true meaning, it’s just what I get from it…


Jesus wanted the disciples to know that he really rose from the dead and was not a ghost. He said all would come to pass as predicted and that we must believe and be patient. Here we are again with FAITH and PATIENCE. I took it to mean that if I am patient, I believe in my faith and myself and my fellow man, then everything will turn out OK. 


Gospel LK 24:35-48


The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,

and how Jesus was made known to them 

in the breaking of bread.


While they were still speaking about this,

he stood in their midst and said to them,

“Peace be with you.”

But they were startled and terrified

and thought that they were seeing a ghost.

Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?

And why do questions arise in your hearts? …

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After church, the mass exodus to the parking lot and gridlock that ensues could have been rather frustrating. But, I’ve been very patient of late, especially after today’s sermon, so I just took my time. Instead of starting my car and nudging my way into the exiting lane, I just sat in my car, ignition off and glanced through the church bulletin. When the line slowed down fifteen minutes later, I started up the car and left. 

  

I stopped at the store after Mass, as is my tradition. I never eat breakfast before church. (Old Catholic habit of fasting before communion.) My shopping cart contained Fritos, chocolate cake mix and chocolate ice cream. Do you see a pattern here? One of my other traditions is grabbing a spoon when I get home and eating the edges of the now softened chocolate ice cream. I got a little carried away and had chocolate ice cream for breakfast. (Here comes the silly stuff.)

  

But, I did add some almond milk with 50% more calcium than milk to offset the calories.

Later, I went for a long walk, about an hour and a half. But look what I had for lunch. Chocolate covered almonds. They were dark chocolate. Healthy, right?

  

Well, I better go out for an evening walk. No more chocolate for me…maybe?

She that can have patience can have what she will…like chocolate.

Saturday Skies: Calm Before the Storm

19 Apr


“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” 

― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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A beautiful Saturday morning and afternoon. On my early evening walk, the fluffy white clouds swirled into dark grey walls. I don’t use head phones, or listen to music while I walk. The glorious colors of the seasons and rhythmic dancing skies are enough entertainment for me. 

   

   

The calm before the storm…

   

 

  

The storm rolling in…

An ever changing sky in a matter of moments. A metaphor on life.

   

 

Friday:Four Legged First Responders Count TOO

18 Apr

Every day, first responders put their own lives on the line to ensure our safety. The least we can do is make sure they have the tools to protect and serve their communities.

~ Joe Lieberman

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If you spend any time on the Square in downtown McKinney, you will smile when you see the mounted patrol trotting down the street or stopping to visit with the wide-eyed children. Unfortunately, the city of McKinney is considering the elimination of the mounted patrol and bicycle patrol due to budget cuts. NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Say it isn’t so!

These officers, whether on their horses or on their bicycles, are a lot more than a visual presence. They patrol and protect the downtown area and historic district. That is part of the reason downtown McKinney is a safe and fun place to shop, dine, and visit.

My friends Kathy and Elizabeth from Sweet Spot Bakery asked me if I’d like to help save the patrols by writing something and creating a Facebook page and enlisting friends for support. Of course! I love to write, I love McKinney, and I admire our first responders. (Both two-legged and four-legged.)

When they say, “The pen is mightier than the sword,” it is absolutely true. Within the first day of creating the Facebook page that I entitled STAMP~ Support The Awesome Mounted Patrol, it reached over 867 people, with dozens of comments of support. Yes!!! That’s just the first day!

  

If you believe that all our police officers are important, go to our Facebook page and voice your support. Thank you!

   

   

  

Thursday: McKinney Empty Bowls

17 Apr

Wealth is not to feed our egos but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves. 

~ Andrew Carnegie

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McKinney helps feed the hungry by supporting Empty Bowls and Community Lifeline center.  

I’ve written this blog twice already, and it crashed before I could post , so I’m just going to post pictures of the event and cross my fingers. 

http://youtu.be/oecA6oZFpsk

   

       

Here is the bowl I chose, made by a McKinney H.S. student. 

   

 

I bumped into many friends.  

       

Empty Bowls will help hundreds of people. McKinney rocks!

Wednesday:What You See Is What You Get

16 Apr


“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” 

― W.B. Yeats

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During my morning walk, I had to stop and take a picture of the breathtaking sky. Everywhere I turned, the huge fluffy clouds dotted the crisp blue sky. A picture perfect palette right before my eyes.

  

Writing everyday has heightened my senses of observation. From the sky up above, to the ground down below, there is always something interesting to share. I saw this really cool rock. It looked kinda like a dog laying down, so I had to take a picture to see if anyone else sees a dog. What do you see?

  

Then, for my grand finale. After almost two hours of walking around my neighborhood, I saw this poor bug on the sidewalk lying on his back, struggling and flailing his tiny bug legs. I felt so sorry for him, commiserating with the feeling. So, I turned him right side up and he went on his merry way, as did I. Life is too short. No creature should be left alone and helpless.

  

Here he is upside down, helpless, in panic mode.

  

Now, he’s on his way. Have a good day Mr. Bug!

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”  YES INDEED!

Tuesday: Time for Community

15 Apr


“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.” 

― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

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My life has been blessed with an amazing family, friends and community. Today,  I started off with an 8:30 Zumba class where I’ve met some nice women and made friends. Then, home to make brownies for this evening’s McKinney Creative Community at SPARC. (I always play with my food and make funny faces with the brownie mix.)

  

I had just enough time to get the brownies out of the oven to cool before I headed off to the Square to have lunch with some old friends, some who I hadn’t seen in years. Then I scurried home to get a walk in before going to Creative Community.

 

This group of artist, writer’s, musicians, healers, and friends share so much creativity and friendship that the room is filled with a special exciting energy every second Tuesday. During our “meet and greet, what’s new and good” discussion, everyone introduces themselves and shares what they’ve been doing.

This evening I told the group how my daily blog inspires me to find something inspirational to write about, and how taking pictures of everyday scenes or objects can bring inspiration. Each day there is something to look forward to, something new to see and share. My friend Laura mentioned to me later that she was moved and inspired by what I said. How cool is that?

Lynne, Steve, and I had a conversation about how we treasure the special artwork that we’ve gotten from our friends, and how as artists, we are honored to know that our artwork or a gift holds a special place in someone’s home.

  

This is what I see when I walk in my front door. Special gifts.

We are all a part of a special community, but you have to participate in life to be a member. McKinney has a wonderful sense of community, great people, and fabulous friends.

  

Montage Monday

14 Apr
“A photograph shouldn’t be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.” 
― Amit Kalantri

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It was a gloomy rainy day, but that’s ok. We needed the rain. Everything is greening up here. I finally got out for an evening walk around 5:30. The grey cloudy sky teased me with a golden glimmer of sunlight peeking at the horizon. A glimmer of hope!

   

A week in a peek… 

 

  

Sunday Sermon and Some Serious Words to Think About

13 Apr

“Jesus’ willingness to accommodate Thomas’ unbelief is a reminder that God can handle our doubt. And that the rationalist doesn’t need to see, touch, or run a lab test in order to believe in the resurrected Christ. Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me” (Jn 20:29) This is not a plea to accept what goes against reason, but it is an invitation to discover a faith that goes beyond it. The example of Thomas is for the stubborn skeptic in us all.” 

― David D. Flowers

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Today’s Gospel was about Thomas doubting that the man he saw was Jesus, he wanted to see and touch the wounds. He wanted Jesus to prove that he indeed rose from the dead. My interpretation…sometimes we may doubt, but we have to have faith without touching the wounds. 

When I arrived at Mass this morning, I scooted out my kneeler to say my thankful prayer, and there on the floor was a lucky coin. (My sign for the day.)

  

It was a cloudy morning, but it cleared up nicely in the afternoon. I went for a walk in the morning and another in the evening. I always walk and think and walk some more. While I was walking and thinking, I analyzed my personal beliefs about doubt, trust, and faith. The one thing I’ve always had going for me is I never doubted that everything would turn out OK. It wasn’t always easy, but I believe in myself and I like myself. I’m a good person with good loving people by my side. Not everyone can say that. (Those are the ones you can’t trust and you need them out of your life. DONE!)

  

  

Serious words to think about.

Saturday on the Square: Arts In Bloom

12 Apr

Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue , they increase creativity , they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well/-being. In short, they make cities better places to live. 

~David Binder

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It was a beautiful sunny day for the McKinney Arts In Bloom Gestival. A few days ago, the weather forecast was bleak, with showers predicted. Not a cloud in the sky today. It was perfect.

The great thing about McKinney and the artist community is everybody knows everybody. You can’t walk ten steps without running into friends, exchanging hugs, stopping to chat, and admiring amazing art work.

I guess I’ll just show you the photos. Very self-explanatory.

  

Steve Macias fired beautiful raku pottery all day, answering questions, and demonstrating techniques.

  

My dear friend and artist, Lynda Kingsley, also current Art Club of McKinney President. (More Art Club Members)

   

     

More artist friends…

  

Annie Royer painted expressive abstract art while the musicians played nearby.

More friends and fabulous artists…

   

       

  

I stopped at Sweet Spot Bakery to visit with friends and “set a spell.”

  

The McKinney Mounted Patrol is always welcome sight. The children love to see the friendly horses. (The city is talking about eliminating their presence due to budget cuts. SAY NO! KEEP THE MOUNTED PATROL)

  

I’ll have to admit, the most popular spot was the wine tasting tent. It was mobbed all day. Personally, I have a strict no drinking and driving policy, so I did not partake, but there were a lot of folks enjoying the wine samplings.

  

Then there were these two adorable little girls performing on the street.

  

Now, wasn’t that a fun-filled day of art, fun and friends? YEP!

Freaky Friday and a Funky Fly

11 Apr

“Just as heart is a fountain of unspoken words,

the universe is a womb of wonder weird worlds.”

~Toba Beta

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One thing I have found in this life is that it is a wild and wacky world! I spend a lot of time researching quotes, checking YouTube videos, and finding amazing bizarre stuff on the internet when I write my daily blog. Look at this!.

  

( This is just a photo, not a link. You’ll have to Google it yourself. )  Freaky!

For only $99 you can get the Power Nap Pillow. Doesn’t that look comfortable? NOT!!!! Then look at the cool thing to put over your eyes to lean against the window. Only $45. I’ve always just rolled up my jacket and voila! Free!

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There’s a relentless funky fly that has been driving me crazy for the past three days. Buzz, buzz, buzz! It follows me from room to room, taunting me with his incessant buzzing. 

I have this serious problem. “I couldn’t hurt a fly.” I had a few failed attempts at swatting him with a kitchen towel, but then I felt so guilty abput taking a life, that Imtried to capture it. I followed Freddie the fly for ten minutes with a plastic cup, hoping to catch him and release him outside. NO SUCH LUCK. Freddie is still taunting me. I hope I don’t go crazy, break down and smack the poor thing. He’s been quiet for a few hours. Probably resting up for an evening assault. I’ll keep you posted.