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Sunday Sermon and Shadows

27 Jul

“I love to chase my shadow to feel how it rests in the dark.”
― Munia Khan
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Often times, I get inspiration from Father’s sermon on Sunday. Father asked us to think about, if we could have any wish, what would you wish for? Solomon chose wisdom to govern his people. I guess if you are wise, all other attributes will follow. When we think about others before ourselves, and our own well being, well, that’s the most powerful gift a person can have,

[The Lord appeared to Solomon at Gibeon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask whatever you wish, and I’ll give it to you. Solomon responded, “You showed so much kindness to your servant my father David when he walked before you in truth, righteousness, and with a heart true to you. You’ve kept this great loyalty and kindness for him and have now given him a son to sit on his throne. And now, Lord my God, you have made me, your servant, king in my father David’s place. But I’m young and inexperienced. I know next to nothing. But I’m here, your servant, in the middle of the people you have chosen, a large population that can’t be numbered or counted due to its vast size. Please give your servant a discerning mind in order to govern your people and to distinguish good from evil, because no one is able to govern this important people of yours without your help.” (1 Kings 3: 5-9, CEB)]

What would you ask for? Good question. Think about it, be honest, and see what you come up with. Thought provoking.

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Now for the shadows. When I take my evening walk, I am always intrigued by the evening shadows cast by the street lights or the brightness of the moon. Sometimes, I try to capture a picture of my elongated silhouette on the dark pavement. It looks like I’m twenty feet tall and real skinny.( Aren’t shadows great?) Then, I chase my long shadow home in the stillness of the night.

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In order to let the sunshine in, sometimes a shadow must be cast. Embrace them both.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Youth

21 Aug

“Youth is wasted on the young.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Youth is wasted on the young.”
― Oscar Wilde

Very wise words, but did dear old Mr. Shaw really say that or did he borrow the phrase? Personally, I “borrow” other people’s wise words all the time. But then, I say some pretty profound or funny things all the time and tell people to feel free to use it, no credit needed…I am that prolifically funny. Not! Upon investigation of this quote, this is what I learned:

Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2097
AUTHOR: George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
QUOTATION: Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to GEORGE BERNARD SHAW.—Franklin P. Adams, FPA Book of Quotations, p. 883 (1952).

Archibald Henderson, in his third biography of Shaw, George Bernard Shaw: Man of the Century, chapter 62, p. 845 (1956), included this statement (using “sin” instead of “crime”) in a section of anecdotes. He had not included this in earlier biographies of 1911 and 1932.

The anecdote apparently was first told in the 1930s, since it is one which appears in Lewis and Faye Copeland, 10,000 Jokes, Toasts, & Stories, p. 555 (1939, 1940). It was also used in Reader’s Digest, April 1940, p. 84. Sometimes heard “…waste it on the young.”

Dr. Stanley Weintraub, author and editor of books on Shaw, believes this is incorrectly attributed to Shaw and that it actually belongs to Oscar Wilde, since Shaw often took quotations from Wilde and inverted them for his own use.
SUBJECTS: Youth
WORKS: George Bernard Shaw Collection
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Some wise advice and words of wisdom from children:

The Wisdom of Children
Published by theJokeMaster on March 23, 2008 in funny kid quotes.
When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” Don’t answer.

Never tell your Mom her diet’s not working.

Stay away from prunes.

Don’t pull Dad’s finger when he tells you to.

Never let your three-year-old brother in the same room as your school assignment.

If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.

Felt-tip markers are not good to use as lipstick.

Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.

When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your Mom when she’s on the phone.
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Photos from DumpaDay.com

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“It’s a fun ride till you get to the bottom. Hey, run around, climb back up and slide down again.” (Feel free to use that.)

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“Driving in the fast lane has its consequences.”

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“Sometimes the bar is raised a little higher. Take advantage of the moment.”

Enjoy the day and the words of wisdom for the week.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

27 Jun

“Perhaps one day, all these conflicts will end, and it won’t be because of great statesmen or churches or organisations like this one. It’ll be because people have changed. They’ll be like you, Puffin. More a mixture. So why not become a mongrel? It’s healthy.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans

One of the Crepe Myrtle trees in my front yard makes a definite statement. For some reason, whoever planted this tree decided to integrate three different color trees in one grouping. They are intertwined and blossom with bursts of bright pink, white and pale pink. Looking at the trunk and protruding branches, it’s difficult to see where one color starts and the other finishes. This made me think of the integration of our world. Why can’t people of different colors, races and religions blossom as one. The varied colors are so beautiful. The strength of the many roots and branches are much stronger.

When I was a little girl growing up in Chicago in the 50’s and 60’s, our neighborhood schools were integrated, but we didn’t think of it as something special. The kids were just kids. We noticed the different colors, but we didn’t think it was a bad thing or a big deal. We all studied, played and went to the same church. It wasn’t until I got a little older that I learned that the whole world didn’t see through a child’s colorblind eyes and heart. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could keep those eyes and heart of our childhood?

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In the lower left you see white, the middle is pale pink, the right is bright pink and the rest mingles here and there.

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1954: Students in an integrated classroom in Fort Myer, Va., the year of Brown v. Board of Education.
Photo: Bettmann/Corbis. New York Times

SOMEDAY!!!