Friday, November 30, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Is There Anybody Who Has Not Seen This Yet?

Theodore Roosevelt - 1907

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Monday, November 19, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

Three Holy Men and a Bear

A priest, a Pentecostal preacher, and a rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of Northern Michigan University in Marquette. They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop. One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear. One thing led to another, and they decided to do an experiment. They would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it.

Seven days later, they all came together to discuss their experience. Father Flannery, who had his arm in a sling, was on crutches, and had various bandages on his body and limbs, went first. "Well," he said, "I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him, I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and he became as gentle as a lamb. The bishop is coming out next week to give him first communion and confirmation."

Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, had one arm and both legs in casts, and had an IV drip. In his best fire-and-brimstone oratory, he claimed, "WELL, brothers, you KNOW that we don't sprinkle! I went out and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from God's HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me. So I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle. We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek. So I quickly DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus."

The priest and the reverend both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IVs and monitors running in and out of him. He was in really bad shape. The Rabbi looked up and said, "Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start."

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Amazing Picture

This amazing picture was sent to me on email with a comment about God smiling. Isn't it amazing that the photographer caught this shot at just the right time? I would love to be able to capture pictures like this. Maybe in my next life! Or maybe when I retire photography could become my hobby. I think I might have an "eye" for it if I just had time to slow down and catch the right moments. Another thing I would like is to photograph old buildings, barns and churches. I would love to be able to afford to travel and shoot pictures. Guess I need lessons on operating these new-fangled digital cameras since all I know is the automatic setting, shoot and hope for the best. Is there a book out there called "Photography for Dummies?"

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Scary Thought

Today's National Debt: $9,086,552,278,161.40
Your Share: $29,957.73

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Adventures in a New Enterprise

I think I ran out of steam after posting all that stuff about my trip to see the kids. Today has been a beautiful day which lifted my spirits considerably. God is so good and I love it when He shines thru on a day like today. I love to see the sun shining thru the trees in my yard.

I embarked on a new enterprise today - flea marketing. A friend and I are renting a booth in a flea market-antique shop so we got up at an ungodly hour this morning and started on the yard sale circuit. This was an entirely new experience for me. It seems totally sacrilegious to me to get up before daylight on the one day a week made for sleeping in. But get up we did and by 10:00 I was totally worn out and ready for a hearty breakfast at the Waff-L-In. Those eggs and bacon were just what we needed to perk us up and get us started on a second round. By the time I got home sometime after noon and got the car unloaded, I was ready for a major collapse. Now cleaning and pricing will start. Ya'll all come in downtown, check out all the goods and, above all-----BUY SOMETHING! I'm trying to finance another trip to see those beautiful granddaughters.