Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice Sunday---Death of the Sun Followed By Its Rebirth Three Days Later Starting On December 25

PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYING FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE SLAIN COPS IN NYC ON THE WORST DAY OF THEIR LIVES TODAY IS THE SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS. It's also the the shortest, darkest day of the year or the winter solstice---here in the northern hemisphere.

I'm sure we all notice how the next three, shortest of days in the year can often contribute to additional stress, intensity, risky behaviors of all kinds, suicides and even a less than sanguine perspective in all areas of our lives. The stress and darkness contribute to Christmas Day and December 26th being the leading days for heart attacks (dubbed the Christmas cardiac) in the entire year.

 The winter solstice is also symbolic for the darkness in the world before the advent of God's Only Son Jesus Christ arrives as our only true Light, Lord and Savior.

Coming soon again is the Hope of the World at this darkest time in the year to overcome darkness and evil, and finally death. It's the greatest news the world has ever known for anyone who will accept it and believe. It's a time to hang in there and remember the sun and the Son of God are real no matter how dark it might momentarily seem. Pastor Mike Atkins at River Crossing in Jackson Hole gives a heartening Advent sermon on Seeking First God and First Principles:

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sony Hack Over Tasteless Film: Cyber Warfare On 1st Amendment Will Beget New Forms of Movie Releases (BitTorrent), Layered Cyber Security, XXX-Rated Parodies and New Love of Free Speech

HUSTLER'S LARRY FLYNT TO MAKE PARODY, SAYING NORKOR AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN YET

ROGER SIMON UPDATE: IT'S OFFICIAL--THE JEWS NO LONGER CONTROL HOLLYWOOD

WITHOUT  DOUBT, THE SONY HACK IS THE BUSINESS/ POLITICAL STORY OF THE YEAR. 

It's useless to waste much time on  handwringing over new diplomatic ties with the pathetic country of Cuba by our truly feckless boy president,  mass shootings, ISIS beheadings and the aging Hillary Clinton's exhausted run for president. This hack attack of Sony by the 'GOP' is the story with the broadest and longest term implications and repercussions for each and everyone of us, in every walk of our lives.

It's an international sensation which will change the course of society, communications, banking and doing business forever.

A good overview that's well-worth a read of how these rogue hackers got  into the lax Sony system from the inside is at Business Insider.

Will Sony ever release its 3rd-rate, ill-conceived film, The Interview? Of course it will, in time. That's where and when a new and dazzling business BitTorrent enters the picture. We can all count on the fact that many more people will end up seeing the movie then, than would every have seen it to begin with. I certainly will. Below watch Sony's CEO Michael Lynton:

Meanwhile, you can also count on this hack attack making some of Hollywood entitled super-liberals into neo-conservatives---sooner rather than later. Oh yes it will. Right Mr. Clooney et al?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Little Light Non-Christmas Music....So Let's Hear It For Cole Porter


I'M GETTING A LITTLE TIRED OF CRYING IN THE CAR EVERY TIME I HEAR I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS on the radio, which reminds me of the night before my dear Daddy died on Christmas Day some years back. I get eye-liner and lipgloss all over the steering wheel and my best outfit. Then I'm a mess by the time I get to the luncheon or wherever I'm going.

So, here without further ado is a little light music dedicated without additional comment. Take it away, Cole Porter...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mr. Turner, Mr. Turner, Mr. Turner!


CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THIS FILM.

I remember landing in London for the first time as a younger woman, jet-lagged and truly ready to drop. Yet all I could think about, dream of, was getting to the Tate Museum as soon as possible to see the Turner Collection. Had looked, spellbound, at his paintings in books for years and fallen in love with his work long since in some kind of mystical way. Now all  that the stood in the way of my seeing his masterpieces in person was a good night's sleep.

My fondness for the irascible, brilliant Mr. Turner has only grown with the years.

 Incidentally, after immersing myself for a day at the Tate, my next favorite stop outside London was Kew Gardens. It was an unusually warm early February day (and winter) with pansies growing everywhere and some of the exhibits I saw there---like the botanist Marianne North----were also life-changing....

 But back to Mr. Turner.....

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Advent Calendar

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 IS ANYTHING MORE FUN THAN A GREAT ADVENT CALENDAR? Especially an interactive one that has  colorful little bookettes which a child, or child at heart, can open and read each day of Advent.

Oh the wonder of it all !Today's bookette is entitled "The Faithful Servant."

 Suddenly a voice boomed out, 'What traitor dares to insult the great King Herod?' shouted a well-dressed man who was Herod's high priest....A silence fell over the frightened crowd....'There can be but one king in Jerusalem,' thundered Herod's faithful servant....Then the wise men told him about the new star that had appeared---a sign that a great king would be born soon.... 

Will be away from the computer for the remainder of this weekend. Thanks for coming by.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

19 Secrets of UPS Drivers

SINCE UPS DRIVERS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE CHRISTMAS MAYHEM, it's good to know how the company and its drivers survive and thrive at warp speed.

Here's a list of top DOs and DON'Ts.  Some of them---like right-hand turn routes only----are great advice for all of us regular drivers.  Indeed,  I do try to schedule all my in-town road swings with right-hand turns only.


The full list of UPS secrets is here.  SOURCE: Challies
 

 BTW,  my UPS driver, Mark, is one of the great guys of the world. He's always on the top of my gift list.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Two Things A Mother Fears

UPDATE:  LEAKED SONY EMAILS CALL JOLIE MINIMALLY TALENTED SPOILED BRAT

FIRST, HAVING A SON DATING THE LIKES OF MILEY CYRUS. Just ask Maria Shriver.


SECOND,  having a son marry a role model like Angelina Jolie who says her kids all want tattoos like hers which number about 17.   No doubt they will also want to start smoking soon too, if they haven't already.  I know the culture has mercifully and long-since left me behind; however,  I think Jolie is a trashy-looking woman.  What about all this body art is beautiful?  Nothing in my book.

Having children fall under the spell of bad influences / dark 'role models' like these can only be addressed by getting down on our knees and praying without ceasing for prevention as well as deliverance. But by the Grace of God go any of us.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday---Saying No When Someone Asks You to Pray For Them

LON SOLOMON FIRST OF THREE SERMONS ON ADVENT: MAKE ROOM FOR THE LORD ED MORRISSEY ON MARK 1:1-8: PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE LORD

THIS PAST WEEK HAS BEEN CRAZY BUSY.  When I did make time to do a little browsing,  I found this piece by Tim Challies to be one of the most interesting and thought-provoking I've read in a long while.  Saying No, I won't pray for you is something I've never said though it's crossed my mind.  Most importantly,  it's a matter of priorities as to how much I can devote to praying for others, especially strangers. 

I do try to be diligent and pray for someone I know or love in need, especially when they or someone close to them asks.  Sometimes God puts someone or a situation on my heart which I pray for even without being asked.  Still I'm not sure I have ever been in the position of being asked to pray for someone and then saying No.  

Anyway,  hope you're challenged by Tim's piece as I am.  I'll be back as I can later tonight and this week.

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Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk broadcasts Christopher Yuan's talk on his incredible journey to God from the homosexual drug scene and lostness he was living in. This is one of the most amazing stories of transformation I've ever heard or read about.  Sobering.  Humbling.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (A Black Professional) Unloads On Race Baiting/Politically Expedient Vultures Who Descended On Ferguson

FORMER NBA HALL OF FAMER CHARLES BARKLEY DEFENDS POLICE: Ghettos would be like the wild west without them.
SHERIFF CLARKE: KNOWN FOR HIS OUTSPOKENNESS SPEAKS TRUTH TO POWER WITH GUTS.

And calls out Missouri Dem Governor Jay Nixon, US Sen. Claire McCaskill (Dem MO) and US Attorney General Eric Holder for being politically motivated for self-serving purposes in their reactions to Ferguson.

 HT: Vanderleun

From Wikipedia: As Sheriff, Clarke has been known for his outspokenness. Clarke frequently appears at public events on horseback wearing a cowboy hat. Among his controversial remarks were his assertions that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele had “penis envy” and must have been on heroin when crafting the county budget.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

True Thanks @ River Crossing

 

THIS IS A WONDERFUL SERMON ON TRUE THANKSGIVING THAT FLOWS AND FLOWS NATURALLY OUT OF OUR HEARTS. But how do we get this amazing authentic gratitude?

 2 Corinthians 4:5-18

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Being Six And Four-and-A-Half

STUART SCHNEIDERMAN ON THE MANY BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE SO MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR, so little time to count our many blessings. Wishing you a blessed, healthy and peaceful Thanksgiving. Thank you for coming by...  

STILL CUTE BUT VERY ROWDY......TILL THEY COMPLETELY WEAR THEMSELVES OUT. 

Reporting briefly, gratefully from Houston, Texas this Thanksgiving......Wishing you the best of this special day of gratitude.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Officer Darren Wilson Not Charged---The Rule of Law Prevails For the Moment


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 Prosecutor Bob McCullough is a class act and voice of reason in the wilderness of high emotional theater. President Obama is a voice of inappropriately inserting himself in something that normally should be none of a US president's business. The media, including Fox News is a voice of making a ridiculous, over-reacting spectacle of itself.

Still, the Rule of Law lives for now in spite of massive political pressure, a black president, black AG, social unrest and much evidence that this the only right decision.

None of it is to diminish the pain and suffering of the Brown family for the loss of their son, or the sufferings of the victims of sexual impropriety at the hands of Bill Cosby.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

John Piper Talks on What It Means to Be Gospel-Centered

IN OTHER WORDS, SERVING THE KING AND HAVING A SERVANT ATTITUDE WITH OTHERS. It's much easier said than done and only possible with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Few Words About the Myriad Rape Claims On Bill Cosby's Casting Couch

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THERE IS FAR TOO MUCH SMOKE FOR THERE NOT TO BE SOME FIERY TRUTH TO ALL THESE TERRIBLE SEXUAL ALLEGATIONS.....FAR TOO MUCH.

In fact, Cosby's pants have got to be on fire for decades now.

So yes, I believe Bill Cosby---like Bob Hope---is/was a major sexual predator---whether it's ever proven---or whether he continues to get by without making a statement addressing these claims. Whether his enabling wife continues to stand by her man and enjoy the good life he's providing.

As far as I'm concerned, he's toast as a role model and American icon of bootstraps success. I find the entire subject sickening and very sad, to be honest, and can't even stand to look, or post, a photo or video of him here at Webutante.

 But there's a little more I want to say about this too: Wherever there's a predator, there's always a person---usually a woman---who wittingly or unwittingly is willing to be a target to be preyed on.  That part of the story is rarely addressed in our post-personal responsible, politically/culturally correct world.  A man may sense her  ambitious vanity, pride, desire to be rich and famous or her poverty and loneliness and act on it.   It's wrong and despicable,  but it still happens all the time.

I mean what smart woman in any private or public setting who's in her right mind would let a man hand her a little white pill or two with a glass or water or wine and take it--- and bottoms up it---without questioning what it was and why it was being offered?

What woman or even teenager would go to a man's hotel room or home unaccompanied, or let him come to hers without at least thinking there might, just might, be an ulterior sexual motive?   Especially if she's in seductive mode herself...with a low cut outfit on with full cleavage exposed?

I mean where do all these women get off without taking any responsibility, ANY, for putting themselves in harms way of a man whose basic instincts are always going to run to his lower limbic brain in times of such titillation and expectation?   Do we really think political correctness will overcome the basic laws of nature?  If so, we've lost our collective mind.

I mean, when I look at photos of  so called 'supermodel' Janice Dickinson,  in the past as well as today,  I see a sexual opportunist who shamelessly flaunts her body.   A predator like Cosby sees her as a target of prey and says to himself---Bulls Eye! Afterwards she wants sympathy for her encounter with him years ago without taking even a tad of personal responsibility?

If women completely get off the hook for their part in such unbecoming liaisons, then we infantilize them and society is really done for.

Bill Cosby is a powerful, influential and wealthy depraved man and I'm sure many women  have vied for his attentions and favors in various ways over the decades.  When Bill senses their  invitations and provocations,  they cannot cry that they had no part whatsoever in the sexual violence and power domination that ensues

Every sexual victimizer like Cosby needs a victim to perpetrate his depraved folly.  Bill Cosby has evidently had more than his share of women willing to swallow those little white pills near a casting couch or opulent boudoir. Both Cosby and his ladies were in the wrong big time.... It happens all the time in Hollywood, Washington and everywhere in between.....and the rest is cloudy, drug/booze-fueled history.

This Cosby fellow is done for, ancient history.  But there are thousands more from where he comes from.

And that's all I shall have to say about that----ever.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Truly Funny---Men At Malls---But Are They Really 'Miserable'?



NO WAY! THESE GUYS ARE HAPPY DOIN THEIR THING...

DON'T USUALLY LINK TO ANY OF THE MASS-PRODUCED STUFF ON AOL BUT TODAY I MAKE AN EXCEPTION. I actually think this little slide show is falling-down-funny....and I'm sure many shoppers will see lots more of this over the next few weeks.... The only thing I take issue with is that these guys are actually miserable. I'd say they are happy to have a break and enjoy a siesta wherever they can..... especially after loading up on all that sugar and starch at the food courts. Take a look at the slide show, and see for yourself the entrepreneur spirit of how men take a breaks at malls, no matter how challenging....the best sleep aid seems to be a public place with a small soft seat...... or not..
 And here's a guy napping in our own backyard with all engines revving..... he didn't even try to wait to get to the mall to nap.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday, A Reading From Hebrews

RT KENDALL EXPOUNDS ---I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED TO SEE ARAFAT IN HEAVEN WITH VIDEO.... 
ESSENTIAL PHRASES FOR TALKING TO YOUTH ABOUT CHRISTIANITY
HEBREWS 12 New International Version (NIV) 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
God Disciplines His Children
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”[a] 

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. 

Warning and Encouragement 

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.
Is there anything more beautiful to read, pray and meditate on than this passage?  We are reading in Hebrews this week at OneYearBible blog which I link to at the top of my link list.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stay Vigilent America: Ditch the Rule---Say No To the EPA's Omnipotent Land Use Power Grab



 SEEMS UTTERLY RIDICULOUS THAT A LITTLE PROPOSED WATER RULE COULD PUT EVERY AMERICANS' PROPERTY RIGHTS AT JEOPARDY....RIGHT?

 Wrong.

Ron Arnold writing at The Daily Signal explains why we all need to be vigilant of EPA's expansion and over-reach of the Clean Water Act:

 It seems incredible, but a single missing word could turn a water law into a government land grab so horrendous even a U.S. Supreme Court justice warned it would “put the property rights of every American entirely at the mercy of Environmental Protection Agency employees.” The missing word is “navigable.” The Obama administration is proposing a rule titled “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act,” which would strike “navigable” from American water law and redefine any piece of land that is wet at least part of the year, no matter how remote or isolated it may be from truly navigable waters, as “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS. The proposed rule would provide EPA and the Corps of Engineers (as well as litigious environmental groups) with the power to dictate the land-use decisions of homeowners, small businesses and local communities throughout the United States. There would be virtually no limit to the federal government’s authority over private property.  

 Like so many of federal laws, the government counts on its citizenry to be asleep at the switch not knowing until after the fact what's in the bill as well as its draconian implications. Wake up, America.  Say No to the Rule and omission of the word navigable. 

Do we really want  Obamawaaa?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Feisty Kid Elephant Fends Off Attack By Pack of Lions

YOU GOT TO SEE THIS! SOURCE

Thank You, Fellows, And Thank You Again...



...... AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN....Such courage and bravery in an increasingly ungrateful, entitled world. Your work and sacrifices are never easy.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday, After Church.....

GIRLY-G AND G-BOY PICKING UP GINKGO LEAVES OUTSIDE SAINT GEORGES---OR WHAT DEFINES A CHILD IS FASCINATION AND DELIGHT IN SMALLEST THINGS...

 BUSY, FULL WEEK/WEEKEND with children, grandchildren, lots of cooking, a family business meeting in the forest and lots more.

Truly my cup runneth over, by the Grace of a merciful and generous God.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sniper-Bound----Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill Comes Forward As Soldier Who Killed Bin Laden

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SOUNDS LIKE A SCOTS-IRISH FIGHTER TO ME

SEVENTEEN YEAR VETERAN, AND MONTANA NATIVE,  NAVY SEAL TALKS.  Don't miss this terrific video which I'm not able to embed.

I know this  man's coming forward is controversial, especially with other SEALs.  However,  in this era of total transparency,  it was bound to happen, and I for one have no problem with it at this point.

I do not deny the Navy's strong  argument that it took a lot of men other than the man who pulled the trigger.   Still,  he did pull the trigger and has life lessons to share that we shouldn't ignore. The rivalry will continue.

There's a good story in today's NYPost on why O'Neill is revealing his identity at this point:

The Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden dead decided to go public after comforting the families of WTC terror victims at the 9/11 Museum in lower Manhattan, a new ­report says.
 
Robert O’Neill spoke to the families while visiting the museum in September to donate the shirt he wore during the nighttime raid on the terror leader’s lair in Pakistan in May 2011. 

“The families told me it helped bring them some closure,” O’Neill told The Washington Post.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who set up the talk with 9/11 victims, said the meeting was dramatic.
“We came in and had the quiet ceremony and it meant a lot,” Maloney told Business Insider. “People were in tears and the room was not that big.”

When asked about the ­heroic raid on bin Laden’s compound, O’Neill said, “I didn’t think I would survive.”


Apparently O'Neill is now a motivational speaker (soon-to-be-author?) on leadership and preparedness.  I for one would love to hear him speak in person.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Worth Noting---Jon Stewart, Comedian Who Makes A Huge Living Bashing the 1% and Conservatives to Gullible Liberals, Stealthly Sells His Tribeca Duplex For $17.5 Million

DEMOCRAT REP STEVE ISRAEL QUITS, REFUSES PELOSI'S OFFER
HYPOCRISY ON THE ORDER OF AL GORE'S TINY CARBON FOOTPRINT  

JUST SAYING. Also, worth nothing---Stewart hid his ownership in his primary residence on Hudson Street from both fans' and detractors' prying eyes in an LLC:  

"The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart may mock the 1 percent, but he is one of them — and now he’s even richer, thanks to a Tribeca real-estate sale. The political funny­man and social critic just sold his sprawling downtown duplex penthouse at 161 Hudson St., on the eighth and ninth floors, in what appears to be an off-market deal for $17.5 million. The nine-story, prewar boutique building has just 24 units. It was converted to condos in 2004. Actor Jeremy Piven also owns a chi-chi unit in the building. Like other members of America’s super-rich, Stewart hid his ownership of the penthouse behind an LLC, according to public records. He bought the 6,000-square-foot apartment for $4.5 million in 2005.

Please note, I have nothing against anyone buying and selling high-priced real estate. Or making huge  lawful profits from investments. What I do object to is Jon Stewart's hypocritical narrative and silly false politics of envy meme and acting like he's just a working man floundering somewhere deep in the 99%.  Hogwash.

POT.  BLACK.  KETTLE.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Adorable---The Softer Side of Construction: Abe's Garden Workers Do Yoga/Stretches On the Roof Outside My Window At 6:30 AM


DOES IT GET ANY CUTER THAN THIS? I ASK YOU. I tell you, Manny and Mikey think of everything! Or is this Jeff's doing?  What's next,  ballet?  Or  perhaps a symphony performance  under strobe lights in the  middle of the night---Concerto Con Concrete---for the fellows?


An Historic Opportunity Like No Other With Not Even A Second to Lose---We Must Hold New GOP Congress' Feet to the Fire

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AS PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL SOON LASH OUT WITH HIS DEFIANT AGENDA
    
DON'T CARE WHAT YOU CALL LAST NIGHT'S ASTOUNDING GOP VICTORY---A WAVE? PARTICLE? LANDSLIDE? ROUT? SWEEP?---it presents an historic opportunity to change the country's hopeless direction and frightening agenda with its tired PC narratives  that were quickly taking us over a cliff.

Celebrations need to be quickly tempered and replaced by action and hard work based on sound  conservative principles. We all need to work overtime, in overdrive.  It's a huge responsibility that's been put on the newly elected. We also need to immediately start recruiting fresh, right candidates for 2016.

I couldn't agree more with Roger Simon writing last night at PJMedia  Hooray for the Wave, Now  Forget It. But I would add, emphatically it will take ALL of us voters participation in righting these wrongs, rather than us walking  away and leaving  Congress to do its thing on Capitol Hill.

Haven't we suffered enough by doing it the other way and giving politicians the benign neglect treatment?

Here are two encouraging signs we should all rejoice in: Rising  GOP star Elise Stefanik goes to the House and  black candidate Tim Scott is  duly elected in South Carolina to go back to the Senate after being appointed to take Jim DeMint's seat by Gov. Nikki Haley in 2013.   So much for the ridiculous war on women and war on blacks false narratives that tired, old Hillary (useless in Arkansas?) continues to exhaust us with.

Everything I voted for in Tennessee, including curtailing Tennessee's being a destination resort for out-of-state abortion seekers and wine in grocery stores, won.  I give thanks that I live in a Red State--though not a red city---and do not take it for granted for one minute.

Meanwhile, back in the country outside Nashville,  my lil  kitten, Snickers,  celebrated quietly with her favorite ball of aqua yarn.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Pssst....Wanna See Something Cute? Nina Reunites With Bentley

OBAMA'S TOP 10 BLUNDERS @ THE HILL

 HAPPY NEWS IN A WORLD awash with everything else. Full story.

Brilliant! How to Open A Bottle of Wine Without A Corkscrew

TRULY AMAZINGLY SIMPLE. And the last thing you need to know on a Monday morning. That's why I'm posting it. Bottle of wine, one shoe, a wall and Voila!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday---John Piper Writes the Christian Response to Brittany Maynard On God and Death By Physician Assisted Suicide, Saying We Are Not Our Own

MONDAY UPDATE: BRITTANY SAYS GOODBYE AND TAKES HER OWN LIFE IN OREGON

I HAVE TWO GOOD FRIENDS, BOTH MY DEVOUT SISTERS IN CHRIST, WHO ARE BATTLING METASTASIZED CANCER RIGHT NOW.  I saw one friend this afternoon, and spoke with the other in Illinois on the phone today.

Both these ladies are courageous and bravely bearing  the suffering God has put on them.  Each is carrying on with lightness, laughter and a hope that's real. The best part is my friends have an eternal perspective in the midst of their trials that gives meaning and depth to their suffering and a fresh poignancy to each new day.  The longer they live, the greater their appreciation for the smallest things in life.

One friend reiterated this afternoon Paul's famous phrase from Phillipians 1:21---For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 

 Which brings me to John Piper and his eloquent response to Brittany Maynard and anyone who is suffering and planning physician-assisted suicide to end their ordeal on their own timing. It's a wonderful read that covers terminal illness, suffering and death from a godly perspective of letting God be in charge and submitting to His timing in all things.

I'm sure many Christians as well as others are very happy Brittany has relented and postponed her November 1 departure. Am also sure, many of us pray that she will live her life until God has fulfilled His purpose for her.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Delights

BRRRRR---IT'S COLD HERE! WHICH TV HOST WINS THE HALLOWEEN AMAL CLOONEY LOOKALIKE CONTEST?
I ASK YOU, WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE YOUR WITCH STRAIGHT UP OR ON THE ROCKS WITH A TWIST OF HUMOR?

I rest my case.


Yes,  rumor has it,  I  have a bewitchy little sister Maybe I do and maybe I don't.

But I was Daddy's favorite.....

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Entire City of Nashville Is Called 'Endangered'---From Developments Far and Wide Here, Including Those Such Abe's Garden In My Neighborhood


THE ENTIRE CITY OF NASHVILLE tops a new list of endangered historic places announced today by the Tennessee Preservation Trust.

By being named to the "Ten from Tenn" list, the sites across the state will get more attention this year, and perhaps new protections, as preservationists deal with the kinds of tensions familiar in Nashville.

"Growth brings a lot of opportunities around every corner," said Tim Walker, head of the Metro Historic Zoning Commission. "Preservation and development can go hand-in-hand, but we need to make some tough decisions. And do we want to allow everything to be demolished? Its sense of place? If you lose that unique architecture to our city, you don't know where you are, and you're kind of faceless."

An iconic landmark of the civil rights movement, historic schools, mansions and mills, and a well-known hotel and railroad station, are also on this year's list.

Nominated by preservationists across the state, the chosen list identifies properties that the trust will try to protect in the coming year, including by pursuing grants or protective ordinances.
"When the economy turned around, and dollars started to flow, that can be a boon to historic resources, and other times that can be a threat," said David Currey, trust executive director.
Currey said a string of high-profile disputes over historic Nashville sites — Studio A, Printer's Alley and the Cordell Hull building among them — prompted the trust to make its declaration.
He said the city has an inconsistent "preservation ethic," leaving a spotty track record. The trust also cited deterioration, development, the push for a denser urban core and too few protective measures as threats.

Related: Nashville Nine endangered list announced

City officials countered that Nashville has twice as many protected properties as other large cities in Tennessee, and a capable historical commission.

"As Nashville faces pressures that come with the unprecedented population and job growth it is experiencing today, we will continue to improve public land use policies to provide a balance between historic preservation, sustainable development, walkable communities, transportation needs, economic growth and affordable living," said Doug Sloan, deputy planning commission director.
Last year, the trust brought national attention to some of its endangered sites, including the Cordell Hull state building and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg. The 1878 Moye-Green home in Portland, Tenn., benefited from a state grant
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In 2012, more than half of the listed properties got rehabilitation grants totaling about $5 million.
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