|Photo album from the 1960s and earlier|
2017-03-23T16:10:50.165-04:00Actually, by June, 2015 I'd lost 35 lbs., but maintained that only about a week, so I don't count that five pounds.
|Glasgow Cathedral, Scottish Gothic architecture was built between the 13th & 15th centuries|
2017-03-22T21:16:01.160-04:00When God Sends You Help, Don't Ask Questions
2017-03-22T07:59:28.840-04:00"Eye strokes occur when blockages (occlusions) occur in arteries or veins in the retina, causing vision loss. The severity of vision loss depends on the extent and location of the occlusion(s) and loss of blood flow.
2017-03-21T12:32:52.910-04:00We learned yesterday that Obama's FBI was investigating Trump as early as July 2016, and maybe before. Are we to assume nothing electronic was used? We know phone conversations were leaked to the press almost before the words were spoken. Comey sticks with the old fashioned word, "wire tapped," as did NYT when it reported on it in January, but we know today's methods go far beyond that. It's called surveillance. We also learned again yesterday that nothing was found. Now what will Democrats pull for their next impeachment move? None of that could have been done without Obama's approval. This Wired account continues to refer to DNC John Podesta's email as "hacked." As a so-called premier geek source, they should know that phishing isn't hacking. Anyone could have done this since his password was "password." And all we learned from that was that the DNC was for Hillary and against Bernie--but Donna Brazile has admitted that, too. Is she a tool of the Russians? The word interfered is continuously used by Democrats, but no one can find anything they have done, no one who changed her vote, and all it has done is make people less secure--which I suppose would be a plus for the Russians even if it is a result of the Democrats' refusal to accept the election results.
2017-03-21T11:24:06.173-04:00Household tip. If you've replaced any plumbing in the last 10 years, you know the score--it's junk. So today we have a plumber here. The first task is rather simple if you know to ask for it when the fixtures are installed. If you don't have children in the house who want to remove sink stoppers and flush them, or use them as missles, have the stoppers unlocked when installed. Your (definitely our) age or the special tool needed to remove them for cleaning may require a call to the plumber. Also, the products purchased at Lowe's or other consumer outlets are not the same as those the contractors buy at their supply house; much cheaper (looks the same in the box) and less likely to hold up. Still, even the so called quality items are plastic.
2017-03-21T11:06:46.467-04:00Asking a saint for intercessory prayer isn't any different than asking any other Christian friend, Catholic sources tell me. Our son has a serious eye problem, a stroke in his right eye that may leave him blind. So I'm asking all readers to pray for healing, and Saint Lucy also, the patron saint of the blind and those with sight problems. ("When we pray to the saints we are using the word “pray” meaning “to ask”. This use of the word can be seen in archaic English usage. So in Shakespeare’s plays a character might say, “I pray you good sir, lend me a ducat.” He uses the word “pray” to mean “to ask.” So when we pray to saints we are asking them to pray with us and for us in the same way that we might ask a friend, family member or fellow parishioner to pray for us. Longenecker) Part 4 of Catechism, Sec. 1, Ch. 2, Art. 3 "Guides for Prayer")
2017-03-21T10:33:52.680-04:00One of the arguments I've heard in favor of keeping the various arts funding programs of the federal government is the wildly successful musical, "Hamilton." You know--the one where the cast lectured the Vice President. Look at all the jobs it has produced!! Look how no ordinary citizen could possibly afford or even get a ticket!! It apparently had a small grant to get off the ground and the rest was history. Who really believes that there were no private investors for this in the shopping around stages? And now we have "Go fund me" type sources--at least for liberal causes. I helped fund the movie about the abortionist, Gosnell. We helped with a funding page for a rare disease. And there are funding opportunities for small business start ups--I get an email about once a week on marvelous innovative products. But what about all the great ideas/performers/artists the government by-passes, or all the horrid things it does fund which the public hates?
2017-03-20T14:15:30.569-04:00Is it sexist, racist, homophobic or just anti-woman to show women in mental confusion in various stages of undress and their underwear having a bad hair day in a wind storm over shoes? I love Clarks; wonderful shoes with styles that still include Mary Janes of all types, decent athletic shoes, loafers, and sensible heels, even if you have to scroll on by the platforms and tipsy topsy strapsy stuff. But why make women look like anorexics who just escaped a concentration camp without a hair dryer or make up?
2017-03-20T13:53:51.592-04:00Justice Alito warns Catholics and other Christians about the coming storm. Speaking to a group of Catholic lawyers and judges who promote church social teaching, Alito used his own words from his dissent in the Supreme Court's landmark same-sex marriage case, telling the gathering he had predicted opposition to the decision would be used to "vilify those who disagree, and treat them as bigots."
2017-03-18T09:08:47.770-04:00I first read this Earth Charter in 2008 during the presidential campaign of 2008, and realized it was actually the Democratic platform, and supported both by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. At the core is Pantheism in the spiritual realm, then globalism in the political. She won the popular vote, however, he won the most primaries, so he became the candidate and the president. Much of this was already well into fruition by 2008, but advanced during the last 8 years of Barack Obama. Discover the Earth Charter. It would have continued if Clinton had been elected in November, but it will still continue, just slightly tamped down.
1. Earth worship (global warmism/pantheism).
2. Evolution, broadly defined.
3. Socialized medicine.
4. World federalism.
5. Animal rights (animals are seen as our brothers and sisters).
6. Income redistribution among nations and within nations.
7. Eradication of genetically modified crops.
8. Contraception and “reproductive health” (legal abortion); every small and weak creature except the human fetus is protected in the scheme.
9. World-wide “education for sustainability” which includes spiritual education.
10. Debt forgiveness for third-world nations.
11. Adoption of the gay rights agenda, including gay marriage in the churches.
12. Elimination of nuclear weapons and the right to bear arms.
13. Redefining the media so it will support the environmental agenda, not report on it.
14. Setting aside biosphere reserves where no human presence is allowed.
2017-03-17T08:31:41.810-04:00Anniversary of our first date, 1959, for the St. Pat's Ball at the University of Illinois. He told me he was going to marry me. I wore a borrowed dress, red lace (I guess Sally didn't have anything in green) and he wore his grandfather's coat.
|My 2017 card from my husband|
2017-03-17T07:14:15.863-04:00In sorting through the basket of Christmas cards and letters this week, I found one from my cousin Sharon who lived in a Chicago suburb when we were children. She is the daughter of my mother's oldest brother, Leslie. The letter was dated December 20, 2000. Our parents' brother, Clare, had been killed in WWII in October, 1944. I recall my mother saying he couldn't be a pilot because of a hearing problem, but was trained for photographic mapping. He was an aerial engineer for the 24th Mapping Squadron of the 8th Photo Group, Reconnaissance (10th Air Force) which served in the China, Burma, India theater. Clare and a pilot in his unit were killed in an explosion when their plane hit a gasoline supply, through the stupidity of his commanding officer who insisted the men go up in a blinding storm. No one else in that unit lost his life and we only found out how Clare died when a great nephew, Steve, attended one of their reunions in the 1990s. Sharon writes in December 2000: "I just finished gathering Steve's information, pictures, and letters from Clare and sent it off December 7. I hope it gets there. I copied the letters from Clare and the photos, just in case. Leslie (Sharon's father) had at least 40 letters from Clare which I also loved reading. I had no idea he had been stationed in so many places around the United States. He was even out in Kingmore, Arizona, for awhile. I told Steve how we cousins would walk down the hall to "Clare's room" and peek in and see the flag and the purple heart. He was someone we wished we had known. Gayle remembered that too. [As did I.]I have one vivid remembrance of Clare visiting us in Chicago and giving me a stick of Dentyne gum. I was 6 by then in 1944 and I remembered because of the pungent flavor of the gum. I thought it was so good. Then I read in his letters it really did happen and he even took a picture of Richard and me standing by the back door. The negative had been laying in the letter for 56 years. He told Leslie they didn't bother developing it because they thought it was too faint and maybe he could have it made up. When I held it up I could see 2 little kids on it, so I took it in and sure enough it was Richard and I as we were that day with Clare. [I remember Clare visiting our family in Mt. Morris, so it may have been the same trip.] Leslie wrote Clare in September, 1944, and it must have come back to him [my grandmother also had a letter returned to her that he never received]. It was with Clare's letters. It must have been so awful. I said to our daughter I wish I could've been more responsive to it all then and she said, "You were just a child." So I said to Steve if his children don't grasp it all right now, they will someday and your book (Steve was working on a book about Clare's life) will be there for them.While I was copying pictures for Steve's project, I made up some extra ones for my cousins. I'll get them off to you in the new year. These pictures and letters make me feel like I didn't miss out on knowing Clare after all. We enjoyed visiting with Howard in October and having him help me identify pictures, names and places. Muriel also was a big help. We noticed from my old pictures there had been 2 Marmon cars over the years with Charles and Mary (our grandparents). I asked Muriel how they got all that camping equipment in the Marmon for their trips out to Kansas and she said they strapped it to the running board. Mary would prepare for weeks." Sharon mentioned that the camera store had been [...]
2017-03-15T09:06:49.947-04:00Although I haven't started to actually read Rodney Stark's The Triumph of Faith (2015), I had flipped through the pages, quickly reading some of the charts. He was so far off on his figure of Christianity in Nigeria (he reported zero percent and it's about 50.1%), I decided to check Japan, which he listed as 2%. After checking several on-line sources, I figured 2% is a little high.
"Christian missionaries find Japan a tough nut to crack. They always have, ever since the first of them, St. Francis Xavier, landed in Kyushu in 1549. His first impression, based on an initially friendly reception, was, “In my opinion no people superior to the Japanese will be found among the unbelievers.” Two years later, he left disheartened, calling Japanese Buddhism “an invention of the devil.”It's always interesting to read the comments about on-line articles (often one or two completely ignorant of history) and then everyone else chimes in. The internet is full of anti-Christian trolls and haters. Unfortunately, they love to see themselves in cyber-print.
Missionaries today use different language but express similar frustration. The Japanese have so eagerly embraced everything Western — from fads to philosophies, baseball to scientific method. Why not Christianity? Even China, officially atheist and repressive of anything outside state control, counts 52 million Christians. In South Korea, 30 percent of a population of 50 million professes Christianity. In Japan? Less than 1 percent." http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/12/20/national/history/christian-missionaries-find-japan-tough-nut-crack/#.WMkd_LhSKGY
2017-03-15T09:00:23.298-04:00Wednesday is volunteer day at PDHC, so I pack a lunch. Lately I’ve been eating too many sandwiches and cookies because it is easy and quick. Sometimes I take a Hormel dinner which can be warmed up. I gained weight while I was sick in January and February. So it’s back to veggies for lunch. I like to steam vegetables and then use the broth as a nice hot drink to replace coffee or tea. It’s also very fast—about 5-7 minutes. I prefer something warm for lunch on these cold days, so I steamed a cut up potato with a little onion. I put it in a container and added a hard cooked egg with a few olives. Then steamed some cabbage and corn together and put in another small container, all of which I can warm up in the staff room at PDHC. There are 164 calories in 1 medium potato (flesh and skin). Calorie breakdown: 1% fat, 91% carbs, 8% protein. One large hard-boiled egg has 78 calories and 6 grams of protein with all of the essential amino acids. An egg is a good source of vitamins B12 and E, folic acid, iron and zinc. The egg yolk also provides vitamin D. A 1/2 cup of steamed cabbage has about 20 calories, and probably 20% of vitamin C for the day. I mixed in about 2 tablespoons of frozen corn.At about 20 calories for a very small amount corn, it is rich in vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins and carotenoids, such as leutin and zeaxanthin. Corn contains very little fat, less than 1 gram per serving (without toppings), and in a full serving is a good source of fiber, clocking in around 3 grams per half cup.So that’s 282 calories, plus all that other good stuff like protein and fiber and vitamin C and B. A Hormel ready to eat dinner has about 300-400 calories and is high in fat (contains meat) and salt. USDA clocks a ham and cheese sandwich on whole wheat with a little mayo and mustard at 461 calories. A single slice of ham has 4.7 grams of protein and 2.4 grams of fat, while a single slice of cheese has 5.2 grams of protein and 1.5 grams of fat. And of course, I’m not taking a couple of cookies or carton of yogurt with me. [...]
2017-03-15T09:39:41.829-04:00I sort of outsmarted myself. I was looking for another slow cooker and saw one on sale at Wal-Mart, so I bought it. It was only $3 more than a smaller one. But when I got it home, I discovered that the overlap of the removable pot wouldn't allow the cabinet door to close. So I have the heating element in one cabinet, and the removable ceramic pot in a deeper, over the frig cabinet, which is a little tricky to get to.
2017-03-13T19:50:40.949-04:00I find these stories breath taking, although I've heard it from others, like losing a doctor or network, or not being able to find a doctor who would take it. Think what a family could do with $8,000, what that money could have done for the economy. How many small businesses couldn't expand due to unaffordable health insurance. No wonder it was such a slow recovery and only the top 1% gained. Many conservatives like myself have always believed it would implode by design so that they could put single payer in place. If Mrs. Clinton were president, that's where we'd be. Then instead of controlling 1/5 of the economy, the federal government would probably be controlling 1/4.
"One of the participants in the listening session was Brittany Ivey of Georgia, who said her insurance premiums started at $650 per month in 2009 for her family of four, "but from 2009 to 2015, [it] went up 102%. "Finally, [my husband's] employer told us in 2015 when it went up the final time and additional 34%, that they couldn't carry our family any more, so I had to enter back into the workforce but couldn't find a job that offered health insurance," she said.
As a result, the family had to get insurance on the ACA exchange, she continued, adding that she believed it when former president Obama had said that under the ACA, if you liked your doctors, you could keep them. "So even though we were going to have to pay $1,300 a month for Obamacare, we thought we'd still be OK for our doctors. We were on it for 5 months, our pediatrician wouldn't take it, my doctor wouldn't take it, so we paid $8,000 for 5 months and were never able to use it."
Another participant was Kim Sertich of Arizona, who said she lost her plan three times during the ACA era. After seeing her premiums rise from $365 per month last year to $809 per month this year, and her deductible was slated at $6,800. "It just didn't seem like a good use of my money," she said, adding that she has dropped out of her ACA plan and instead is now on a faith-based share program in which, typically, members send in checks to cover the cost whenever a fellow member gets sick. "My husband also runs his own business and can't afford to offer insurance to his employees." Medpage Today
2017-03-13T15:17:17.326-04:00We've been trying to look at our albums (about 70 of them) each evening. We aren't using any particular order, so we chose Haiti for Sunday evening. Bob has been volunteering in Haiti for 10 years with a team from our church, Upper Arlington Lutheran Church. One of our pastors, Dave Mann and his wife Pam, were missionaries there for about decade, and are now back in Columbus working at our church with the large international community in Columbus. Huges Bastien is the director of the school, Institution Univers. In recent years the team has been getting smaller as attention to other destinations grows, so it's doubtful they will go this year, at least not in the spring. The team is still looking at the possibility of a fall trip if you are interested. Ten years of service means we have a lot of photo albums about Haiti, and we looked at 2007 and 2009. Two of the 2009 graduates, Zeke and Frandy, came to Akron to live and study after graduation, and visited with us twice, in our Lakeside home, and at Christmas that year. Six graduates of the school who went on to get college degrees have returned to work at the school. There are now 2,600 students at Univers, and each year they have to turn down applicants. COCINA raises money to support the school and students.
|Zeke and Frandy at Lakeside in 2009|
|Pam Mann and Huges Bastien, director of Institution Univers|