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Sunday Sermon and other Stuff

8 Nov

“But I give best when I give from that deeper place; when I give simply, freely and generously, and sometimes for no particular reason. I give best when I give from my heart.” 

― Steve Goodier


A bright sunny Sunday morning, but a little on the chilly side. I had the honor of being a greeter before 9 o’clock Mass this morning. Not only did I get to smile and say good morning, I got to say, “My, isn’t it chilly,” or “where’s your jacket?” I had a few people ask me if I was freezing because I was outside,  holding the door open. I said, “This is beautiful weather. I’m from Chicago.” They smiled and agreed.

So, today’s sermon was about the poor widow who gave her two coins, all that she had, and Jesus said that she gave more than the wealthy who only gave their surplus.

My take on it…The people who give to others only for show, to feel like a big shot, looking for recognition, or they have a lot of money and want to impress people, but it’s not even missed.These people have given nothing. They never give of their time or talents, just dollars. (I know people like that) (AH)

Those who truly give are those who share what little they have joyfully. They don’t look for recognition or a pat on the back. They feel blessed and share their blessings. The funny part is, God usually blesses them many times over. Perhaps not monitarily, but with a good life, many friends, a loving family and a happy heart. (Ask me how I know.)


Gospel MK 12:38-44
In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,

“Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes

and accept greetings in the marketplaces,

seats of honor in synagogues, 

and places of honor at banquets.

They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext

recite lengthy prayers. 

They will receive a very severe condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury

and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. 

Many rich people put in large sums.

A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. 

Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,

“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more

than all the other contributors to the treasury. 

For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,

but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,

her whole livelihood.”



Share some happiness and joy with someone first chance you get. You get twice as much back. “Double or nothing!” 

Sending you a virtual hug!


Saturday Snugs, Hugs and Smooches

6 Jul

“A hug is the perfect gift- one size fits all and nobody minds if you exchange it. ”
― Irvin Ball
My Saturday re-cap and highlights: 7:30 am walk 4.5 miles, call mom, shower. 9 am straighten house, revise art club story, print for writing group, get dressed and out the door before 10. Meet Mandy at Sweet Spot, chat, sip tea, review pages, gossip, laugh, off to Snug for a late breakfast. Mandy shared a little of her omelette with me because I was meeting Chris for lunch. (Here’s where all the hugs and smooches come in.)



The folks at Snug are so sweet. Fourth of July they celebrated their second anniversary being on the square. I get big hugs from pretty much everyone, but the big bear hugs from Daniel can take your breath away…literally, I think he squeezes so hard that I stop breathing sometimes. He’s so cute, and he has the most adorable wife and little boy. Now, here’s my smooch.

Then, off to Mellow Mushroom for pepperoni pizza with Chris. It was so good. Hadn’t had pizza in a while.

Maura, who used to work at Spoons, gave me a hug. After a late lunch, Chris and I wandered over to Art on the veranda and visited with owners Judy and Dana. More hugs. Next, across the street, back to Sweet Spot to visit with Miss Kathy. Another hug, visiting and a little impromptu karaoke sing-along.

A busy, snugly, hugly, warm and friendly Saturday with friends.



Tuesday Tips and Tales

25 Jun

“Things to do today:
1) Breathe in.
2) Breathe out.”
― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Tip for Tuesday…there are only two things you need to do today…breathe in and breathe out. I think we can all accomplish that. That’s a good tip.

Now, a heartwarming tale. My friends Debbie and Kat stopped into Snug on the Square to grab a quick lunch today. Kat asked Daniel for the ” special Toni yogurt.” (I always order the yummy yogurt parfait that’s loaded with fresh fruit, yogurt, granola and drizzled with honey.) Pretty much every time I come in, they see me and get it started before I even get in line. So, they ordered, sat down and waited. Debbie got her lunch and then they brought out a brown bag with the yogurt parfait in a to-go container. Well, the pictures explains the rest.


Daniel wrote on it, “Love You Miss Toni.” Now, isn’t that just adorable? I always get a big bear hug from Daniel and Beth when I come in. Acquaintances say hello. Friends give big bear hugs and write “love you” on your lunch.


Montage Monday: Family, Fun, and Freezing Temps

14 Jan

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning…proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.”
― Carl Sandburg. (Chicago Quote)
Pelting sleet, walls of snow, and subzero temperatures that would make a polar bear cry could not dampen my spirit and the joy of being back home. I have spent precious days with family and friends, with many more to look forward to. My spirit is renewed and revitalized. Sometimes you just need that hand to hold and those shoulders to hug. My sons are my dearest treasures, and being able to spend so much time with them is amazing. Life is good!