Tuesday, May 26, 2009



Please click on the above link for a beautiful poem


Friday, May 15, 2009

A pencil in need of sharpening.....

This beautiful post was written by my good friend Cheryl. In these times of transition that my family have been going through, it was the best thing I could have read. Hopefully Cheryl won't mind if I "borrow" it for my blog to share with others, and to remind myself of the lesson:(my pencil has become dull, and is in great need of a little sharpening)Here is what Cheryl had to write............

Though I don't always remember the lesson as well as I would like, I often reflect on a principle I learned several years ago by reading a book by a Japanese-American woman I greatly admire, Cheiko Okazaki. I've always loved her writings, as hers is the elegant, yet rare voice of both brutal honesty and enthusiastic optimism. In one of her addresses to the women in church, Cheiko talks about her years growing up as a Japanese woman in a primarily Caucasion society, where she often felt like she didn't quite fit. She explains that as she grew, and came to understand her purpose in life, she became a champion for differences!

She said, "...look around...Do you see women of different ages, races, or different backgrounds...Of different educational, marital, and professional experiences? Women with children? Women without children? Women of vigorous health and those who are limited by chronic illness or handicaps? Rejoice in the diversity of our sisterhood! It is the diversity of colors in a spectrum that makes a rainbow."

by Marcia Diane

She further explained that no matter what our specific individual circumstances, we can each have a profound impact on the lives of those around us. She explains, "Do not feel that your gift is insignificant. Mother Teresa says, 'I’m a little pencil in the hands of God. He does the thinking. He does the writing. He does everything—and it’s really hard-—sometimes it’s a broken pencil. He has to sharpen it a little more. But be a little instrument in His hands so that He can use you anytime, anywhere. We have only to say Yes to Him'.”

When I am feeling a bit discouraged because I can't seem to accomplish all the things I set out to do (or rarely even half of them), I try to remember Cheiko's (and Mother Teresa's) wisdom. I envision myself as a pencil......albeit a fat, stubby, chewed on, worn-down eraserless pencil.I try to remind myself that I don't have to be perfect to do something. I can give a part of me. All I need do is say YES.

Whether or not one shares my Christian philosophy is irrelevant. While I personally believe that while in God's service, He will magnify us to be more capable than we would normally be, the principle is equally true for nonbelievers. Whether we are saying "YES" to God or simply "YES" to ourselves, we become stronger in the act of doing. Instead of holding back our gifts (creativity) because we fear they may not be good enough, or well-received, or whatever the case may be; instead, we must move forward with courage. We have to trust that our best efforts WILL matter. We will believe that our unique gifts DO make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others. We commit ourselves to sharing our gifts, talents, or simple acts of service. We have faith (or even the tiniest bit of hope) that in so doing, we will be filled with personal purpose. The spectrum of our collective rainbow will shine brighter, bringing joy to those within its arching reach.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Swine Flu Epidemic/post borrowed from Lolly :)

This whole swine flu thing is absolutely CRAZY. People are freaking out and I'm not sure why. From what I understand, if you get the flu, you have normal flu symptoms, hopefully get to take Tamiflu, and recover after a week. No one wants to be sick, but I don't think it is any deadlier than the chicken pox, and it definitely has not killed as many people and the plain old broken down flu.

I don't know how many people live in texas, my guess is 100's of 1000's. 17 people have been confirmed with the swine flu. I'm sorry for a family that has suffered a loss, but just because you get the swine flu doesn't mean you are going to die, or even get close.

Statistics I read said that so far this year, 19,000 people have died from the regular flu. We don't really freak out about that.

School districts have closed down for days. I hurt for those parents. In most cases, the parents have to work and if they don't work, they don't get paid. The officials have asked day cares to close and families not to go out in public. That is not going to happen, and if it does, the businesses will suffer as well as the parents.

In the economic times that we have right now, Economic Crisis + Swine Flu Freak Out = Total Disaster.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Mine That Bird

One word: Amazing. I won't lie I really didn't think this horse had a chance. I love his sire Birdstone who captured my heart almost five years ago with his win over Smarty Jones in the Belmont Stakes and today he sired one of the finest Kentucky Derby longshots of all-time. Great job by the connections, great job Calvin the most emotional athlete I have ever seen in ANY sport. Great job Bird.

Friday, May 1, 2009

This is where I call Home....

Are you jealous?? Just kidding, I know there are beautiful places all over the world, many of which I still aim to see someday. But this is where I prefer to call home for now! Nothing to me is prettier than North Texas in the Spring! The new foals and Bluebonnets are sprouting up all over the place!


My reading list

  • Nicholas Sparks; The Choice

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