Monthly Archives: July 2009

Marley and Me

My Mom recently passed this book on to me from one of my aunts…

I haven’t read it all the way thru yet,


I did read a few chapters that stuck out.

A statement by the other reminded me of the old testament stories… writing about the ‘bad’ and not the ‘good’…

he currently has a good dog,


he doesn’t write about her…

Just ‘bad’ Marley,

who touched all their lives.

Naughtiness is memorable.


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Sunday, August 2nd

Rock the River Tour

by Franklin Graham

Lots of good music!

Check it out!

FREE…Opens at 1pm, starts at 2:30…Bring chair/blanket

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on beautiful weather

sooooo not like ‘normal’ summer in STL…NO WALL OF WATER HUMIDITY!

Started on Friday and suppose to last thru the weekend!

It’s been a pleasure to do gardening,
I need to get back and finish up mowing!

A day in Forest Park is planned for tomorrow!

We are blessed!

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Isaiah 42:9

A friend sent me this scripture on an email,


I wanted to see it in more translations…

The Message is amazing: 

The God Who Makes Us Alive with His Own Life

 5-9God’s Message,
   the God who created the cosmos, stretched out the skies,
   laid out the earth and all that grows from it,
Who breathes life into earth’s people,
   makes them alive with his own life:
“I am God. I have called you to live right and well.
   I have taken responsibility for you, kept you safe.
I have set you among my people to bind them to me,
   and provided you as a lighthouse to the nations,
To make a start at bringing people into the open, into light:
   opening blind eyes,
   releasing prisoners from dungeons,
   emptying the dark prisons.
I am God. That’s my name.
   I don’t franchise my glory,
   don’t endorse the no-god idols.
Take note: The earlier predictions of judgment have been fulfilled.
   I’m announcing the new salvation work.
Before it bursts on the scene,
   I’m telling you all about it.”


New International Reader’s Version:
 9 What I said would happen has taken place.
      Now I announce new things to you.
   Before they even begin to happen,
      I announce them to you.”


God is so cool!

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Roadtrips ROCK!

A friend invited me on a road-trip to her hometown…


Recently I learned more about my personality from a book written by Helen Fisher… current finds in neuroscience… the affect of brain chemicals/hormones on our personality…


I soooo enjoy science!

Well…I’m a Negotiator with my second being Explorer…then a Builder, and lastly a Director.

Check out her stuff. She’s a good author.

So a road trip is well more for my Explorer… travel, impulsive, high-energy…driven by high levels of dopamine.

writing this blog is more of my Negotiator…communicator, people-person, the book says we like to ‘play’ with words…and thoughts…I couldn’t agree more.

My friend she’s a Builder and thus family, friends and tradition are very important to her…aka, she’s a good friend to have…very respectful, thoughtful…our 1st President, George Washington was a builder.  The author says these individuals have high levels of Serotonin.

Directors…well that’s self explanatory isn’t it.  They are good at giving orders…quick at decisions…gather data.  I’m good at the last stuff, but I tend to be more emotional which is the estrogen-driven Negotiator…who is also imaginative and introspective.  Hello = so me!  Directors have high-levels of testosterone…a very handy friend.


I could go on and on.


I’m almost done with the book.

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Jackson’s public memorial strikes a spiritual note

“Watched by millions around the world, the memorial struck a tone more spiritual than spectacular Tuesday, opening with a church choir serenading his golden casket and continuing with somber speeches and gospel-infused musical performances.

The Rev. Lucious W. Smith of the Friendship Baptist Church in Pasadena gave the greeting on the same stage where Jackson had been rehearsing for a concert series in the days before his June 25 death at age 50.

Emotions rose when Sharpton delivered a fiery eulogy highlighting all the barriers Jackson broke and the troubles he faced. “Every time he got knocked down, he got back up,” Sharpton said, and the applauding crowd jumped to its feet.

Sharpton rode the moment, building to a crescendo. “There wasn’t nothing strange about your daddy,” he said later, addressing Jackson’s three children in the front row. “It was strange what your daddy had to deal with!” After he left the stage, chants of “Mi-chael! Mi-chael!” filled the arena.

The ceremony wrapped up with group performances of “We Are the World” and “Heal the World” sung by Lionel Richie, Hudson and Jackson family members — including his children — before a backdrop of symbols of religions from around the world.

“I’m trying to hold in my emotions,” said Hernandez, wearing a wristband to allow her admittance to the service and holding a framed photograph of Jackson. “I know right now he’s teaching the angels to dance.”

More than 1.6 million people registered for the lottery for free tickets to Jackson’s memorial. A total of 8,750 were chosen to receive two tickets each.

“There are certain people in our popular culture that just capture people’s imaginations. And in death, they become even larger,” President Barack Obama told CBS while in Moscow.”

For the full article:

I was HIGHLY affected by the deaths of Princess Di and Mother Teresa

I remember not wanting to eat or do anything really that day except watch the news all weekend…

shortly thereafter, I returned to my home-town and to church.  I never left God, but I certainly did my own thing for almost 10 years.

This last weekend at SLFC, Tony Cameneti shared that he heard through a reliable source that Jackson received Christ 3 days before his death. I look forward to seeing him in Heaven!


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on backyard animals

Within the last few weeks my brother and I have seen:

a GIANT beaver

I’ve seen him twice…man can he RUN!  I was trying to take a photo too, he dived into the creek…o’well, next time.  My brother got to see him standing on his hind legs!  Like the Narnia movie!!!


Last week there was a mama and baby deer… the little one clearly had recently just found his ‘legs’ as he only RAN from shady spot to shady spot…

frolicking like a baby horse.  It was BEYOND cute!


There was also an extremely active owl last night,

he had LOTS to say!


The chipmunks are back too!  They disappeared after we had a cat when I was a kid, and they have been gone for y-e-a-r-s.  He’s such a brave little dude!  One day down on the drive way, the next day on the back patio!  I know Lars is getting old, but geez, even the squirrels are walking up to the patio now too!

I wonder what I’ll see next!


Update:  August 5 = Mom now has had an experience with the beaver!  She surprised him, and he went into hiding under my childhood dollhouse (Dad built it BIG!).  I don’t think she believed me about the beaver until she saw it.


My brother says he has seen deer coming right up to our driveway!  I mentioned hunting to my Mom this morning… we know a lot of hunters who are going to enjoy our back yard!  I was just surprised to hear that Mom is interested in some of the meat!  Learn something NEW everyday!

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