Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One Photographer To Another

For today, a brief quote from
the photographer whose name &
work is well known -- even to those
who are not into photography.
























     A picture from Southern California
                  as it really appears
                for much of the year.

      A little bit of heaven 
              for the painter or the photographer.
                                 

     
                       





Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Blessings on all mothers today (and everyday)!











If you are a "mom" you know 
how easily life can pull you in
too many directions at one time.
Choices can become a heavy burden.





Today you are being honored for your
courage, your sacrifice, but mostly
your unfailing, your unconditional . . .

           Love




















  You are never alone--there is an ocean of other mothers
                          out there who understand.

     Honoring some mothers who come to mind today . . .

Gloria, Carey, Judy, June, Anita, Annie, Sandee, Jeanne,
Lynne, Flora, Christina, Brandi, Bonnie, Nancy, Leslie,
Dianne, Sharon, Jennifer, Peggy, Kathy, Monique, Rosalind
& Mother Judith along with all the Servants of the 11th Hour
(many of whom are mothers to their own children as well
as to God's forgotten children.)

    (And let us also remember the women who do not have
the title of mother, but who care for and love many children.)

                   God Bless Each Of You 


                               

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Day/Week

What day should we honor teachers
for what they do?

Correct answer: every day

That being said . . .
Our Nation and individual states have choosen
special days and months, so whether you are
a student or a parent or a friend, pick a special
day and let a teacher know that he/she is much
appreciated.


















A few words from the presidential proclamation 2016 :

Our future is written in schools across our country. It is likely that the first person who will go to Mars is in a classroom today. Our students are our future teachers, scientists, politicians, public servants, and parents -- a generation that will steer the course we will take as a people and make possible things we have not even imagined yet. We look to the women and men standing in front of classrooms in all corners of our country -- from cities to reservations to rural towns -- to vest America's daughters and sons with the hard skills they will need to put their dreams within reach and to inspire them to dream even bigger. On National Teacher Appreciation Day and during National Teacher Appreciation Week, let us ensure our educators know how much we value their service in the classroom, how much we appreciate all they do for our students and families, and how thankful we are for their contributions to our national progress. 
                                                                                        -Barack Obama
                                                          President of the United States of America

Found on Twitter May 2, 2017     @JennHobby
"The best teachers tell you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." 

(I send special thoughts out to my daughter, Teresa Griffin--a generous & devoted teacher.)


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easter Season & Earth Day 2017

             Rejoice!













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"the seamless garment of God's creation"
                                       -Pope Francis

















Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Beautiful Day

Don't you agree
        it is an especially
              beautiful day  
                  when someone sends

             flowers . . .





  















         
      God does it every day.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

National Catholic Sisters Week

March 8th-14th

During National Women's History Month in 2014
a group of working women were finally recognized
for the good they do. Sisters/Nuns--however we 
refer to these women, they taught us, and cared for us in
hospitals--and some even went to foreign lands to
feed the hungry and imprisoned.


This is the week to recognize these selfless women 
who did not work to become rich. 
Their loyalty to the God who called them will bring 
riches the world can't even imagine.



















Rosella Poulin was one such "Bride of Christ."

On January 16th 2017 Our Lord welcomed her home.


 

Rosella grew up in Nelson, BC -- one of nine children. 
In 1947 she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Bellingham, WA.
During her life she taught high school, cared for
the infirmed and homeless and also did missionary
work in Haiti. 
She filled the world and my life with goodness and 
joy. 
      "May a choir of angels come to greet you
               and speed you to Paradise,"

                        Aunt Rosella

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Abraham Lincoln & Friendship

Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln !

We thank you for many of your ways
and many of your words -- which we
understand today.

"The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."                          -Abraham Lincoln


With the words of Lincoln I am pleased to
wish a good friend and fellow writer a 
      very Happy Birthday today . . .




















Orman, when your ship comes in
know that it will sail with a full crew
of those you have helped along the
way. Your wisdom and laughter
are gentle winds that have brought
many writers to the shores of
publication.

                  Onward