Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
among people and not REALLY connect.
Pleasantries and smiles are exchanged but
not the deep inner thoughts of our souls.
Trust must be built first, then interest
shown in caring to listen to others thoughts.
too busy to cultivate it. We make friends,
see them occasionally, but do we connect?
Always looking for a new acquaintance
that will bring the feeling of closeness
like we've known each other forever
though we've only meet recently.
Over the years, I can count on one hand
the close friends I've encountered
on my journey through life. We've met,
talked and bonded instantly, wanting
more time to share confidences and
be together BUT time is so precious
seldom is there enough for continuing.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
started but not completed
due to lack of interest or time.
Books purchased, a few pages
read but no drive to finish.
energy to complete, to finalize.
But if the interest is gone so is
the desire to see it to completion.
What stops me? Other projects
needing my attention or just
lack of time? Still the project
waits and waits. Sometimes
disappearing from my memory
the unfinished manuscript or
the idea for the perfect poem
collection to make for family,
a fun holiday gift to make and give.
task that interests me and complete it.
I choose...my husband's life story
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
enlarging our home to include a shop,
so hubby can work on projects without
clearing out all the cars from our garage.
Do we ever need to remodel our lives?
To make necessary changes to improve,
enlarge our abilities or future potential?
Probably, but that is much harder to do.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
- Is my life really all that bad right now, or am I simply in a low mood?
- Am I following the road toward unhappiness in an attempt to find happiness.
- Am I putting my opinions above my positive feelings? Do I want to be right, or be happy?
- Am I reacting to someone else’s low mood?
- Am I playing out a war in my own head? (Mental arguing)
- Am I struggling with a problem?
- Is my tolerance for stress too high? Ease up, rest, stop over-thinking, clear the mind.
- Am I thinking about myself too much?
- Am I taking my past with me?
- Am I postponing my life?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
but then comes the opportunity to discover new adventures:
either building upon the just completed project or tackling
something new and different to give variety to our lives.
What to do next is an exercise in free choice and depends
on what is our passion or interest in a hobby or innate talent.
What makes us happiest? Make a list or maybe you know.
Mine is to create a bigger and better self published book.
Perhaps to branch out into children's poetry or photography,
the possibilities are really endless-limited only by imagination.
With a little prayer, nudges can come that are useful guidance.
What would He, my Heavenly Father, like me to accomplish next?
Our time here on earth is limited, but we know not for how long.
A creative journal of our thoughts could be priceless to our families,
no matter their age. An expression of our love for them, our hopes
for the future, our philosophy or unique view of the purpose of life.
It's never too early or late too start...here's my youngest grandson James after preschool celebrating Columbus Day and new adventures! (Photo from his mom Tina.)
Monday, October 12, 2009
Interesting quote from Bill Gates: What if Columbus had been told, 'Chris, baby, don't go now. Wait until we've solved our number-one priorities––war and famine, poverty and crime, pollution and disease, illiteracy and racial hatred...
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Growing older, I got interested in playing board games with my best girl friend. We loved to sit down for an afternoon after school or on the weekend pursuing riches and success with Monopoly. I even learned how to gamble by playing Poker for pennies. Then there was Canasta-a complicated card game popular at the time with adults too.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
- Report-recaps of research
- Survey-broader report of research results
- Profile-spotlight on an individual's life
- Travelogues-this sounds fun
- Voice of warning-i.e. global warming, etc
- Narrative-recalling some event
- First person-non fiction narrative
- How tos-explaining the process or procedures of making something
- Laundry lists-i.e. food storage ideas
- Humorous-which he says the hardest to write but it's important to put some humor in all your articles to make them more interesting.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
At age 18+ a young man can be ordained to the Higher or MELCHIZEDIK Priesthood. Generally this doesn't take place until a special occasion such as becoming a MISSIONARY or getting married takes place. At age 19, our young men are encouraged to serve full time 2 year missions for the church at their own expense. Two of my sons served-one in Taiwan and the other in Japan. They were ordained to the office of an ELDER in the Melchizedik Priesthood at age 19+, entered the Missionary Training Center to receive 6 weeks of language and other training prior to flying to their mission field.
Those who chose to marry rather than serve a mission can be ordained to an Elder prior to their marriage. Now as an elder the young man can attend the temple and receive his endowment before his mission or marriage. Other offices in the Melchizedik priesthood are SEVENTIES-concerned with missionary work worldwide and HIGH PRIESTS concerned with administration matters, temple and family history work. (Photo above: l-r my youngest son Jeff now 26 who was recently ordained a high priest, and his brother Daniel who ordained him to Aaronic priesthood.) It's quite a plan and I as a mom with four sons have appreciated the influence of righteous priesthood holders as well as scout leaders in the training and preparation of my sons for their responsibilities as husbands, fathers and church leaders for those that have chosen that path.