Today, there are great celebrations taking place amongst all of the Chinese population all over the world. Read more
The holidays are over and for some of us this is when the let down and fatigue of all the activities of the season set in. We are just plain tired. With very little “margin” for the frustration of accidents or bad behavior, our patience can be worn very thin. Here are some things to consider as you are interacting with those little ones who sometimes are the reason for your frustration. Read more
Even when compared to Ebenezer Scrooge, the Puritans who ruled the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1600s were downright Grinchian. Not only were the Puritans contemptuous of Christmas, they outlawed public celebration of the Yuletide holiday for an entire generation.
Stay tuned, our dear chums! The meringue mushrooms are waiting to be published. They should be up very shortly!
They come from all different places don’t they? They come in relationships, as experiences, sometimes as a word from a friend, or reading something that strikes us from someone we may never meet. Our chum Wendy, shared this list of anecdotes about some of life’s most valuable lessons and we wanted to share them with you:
1. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”
2.Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70s- what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”
3.Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”
4.Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.
5. Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.
6.Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”
7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.” I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?” Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.
9. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.
10.Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”
11. Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, “Thinking of you today. If you need me, I’m a phone call away.” It was from a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.
12. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.
Whether it is understanding what real success is, or experiencing the love of a true friend, or appreciating the family God gave us, or being willing to share whatever it is we have, or recognizing God’s provision for us, we all need to be taught these life lessons, sometimes again and again. Each person in them learned something different but really they can all be summed up in what the Bible calls the two most important lessons or commandments:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.”
Your chums are grateful to be learning right along with you. What we want most of all, for each of you and ourselves, are lives very abundant with love and joy!
With all this talk about Queen Elizabeth II now being the longest reigning monarch in the United Kingdom, having just surpassed the length of Queen Victoria’s reign, we thought it might be fun to look at some facts about Queen Victoria. Besides the fact that hers was a love affair with her husband, Albert, which is what we often hear of this Queen, she accomplished a great deal in her lengthy reign. Read more
There are few people who do “pomp” better than the British and this was proved, yet again, yesterday when the Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in London. He and his wife were met by the Queen and apparently taken to their suite at the Palace by Queen Elizabeth herself. Read more
In 1989, in the hit film “Back To The Future II”, you may remember that Doc Brown and Marty McFly visited the future in October 21, 2015. Most of us remember this iconic movie series. We cheered for Marty and Doc and enjoyed the “crazy” gizmos they used and found in the future. In two days it will be October 21, 2015 and we will all be “Back To The Future”. Read more
Just over 60 years ago, on September 30, 1955, budding movie star James Dean died at age 24 when his sports car slammed into a Ford sedan near Bakersfield, California—just prior to the release of his signature film, “Rebel Without a Cause.” Six decades later, we explore some surprising facts about the persistent cultural icon, who’s sometimes referred to as “the first American teenager.”