Friday, February 27, 2015


I liked the old paths, when 
Mothers stayed at home. 
Fathers went to work. 
Brothers joined the army. 
And sisters got married 
BEFORE having children.

Crime did not pay.
But hard work did,
And people knew the difference. 

Moms could cook. 
Dads would work. 
Children would behave. 

Husbands were loving.
Wives were supportive, 
And children were polite. 

Women wore jewelry, 
And Men wore pants. 

Women looked feminine.
Men looked manly, 
And children looked clean, decent
And well-groomed. 

People respected the truth, 
And disapproved of liars.

They went to church 
To find solid friendships 
While worshipping God.

Hymns sounded reverent. 
Sermons sounded helpful. 
Rejoicing sounded normal, 
And grieving was sincere. 

Cursing could get you into trouble. 
Drugs were for illness. 

The flag was honored. 
America was beautiful. 
And God was a welcome Presence
In all our lives.

We read the Bible in school, 
Joyfully celebrated Christmas,   
And quietly witnessed for the blessings 
Of knowing Jesus Christ 
With everyone we met.

To be an American was worth dying for. 
To be an American was worth living for. 
To utter treasonous thoughts was shameful.

I still like the old paths the best. 

~ Anonymous

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What does the term
“The Alienated Jew”
mean to you, personally, 
and what effect might the phenomenon, if, indeed, it is a phenomenon, had on the development of Western Civilization and Current Events?

In this 15th century woodcut, Jews are depicted as murdering the child Simon of Trent. This "murder" is one of the sources of the Medieval blood libel: the allegation that Jews used Christian children's blood to make matzoh (unleavened bread) during Passover. The Jews can be recognized by the circular patches sewn on their clothing and by the money bags they carry.

[SOURCE: From a facsimile of Hartmann Schedel's Nuremburg Chronicle or Buch der Chroniken, printed by Anton Koberger in 1493. Both the Buch der Chroniken and the facsimile are located at Kenyon College.]

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Is more always better?

What does this say to you about the mentality that obviously drives the lower and lower-middle classes?

Or Don't You Care?

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Determination to Serve

2/23/2015 [emphasis added]

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve… —Matthew 20:28

Jesus also said, “Yet I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27). Paul’s idea of service was the same as our Lord’s— “…ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5). We somehow have the idea that a person called to the ministry is called to be different and above other people. But according to Jesus Christ, he is called to be a “doormat” for others— called to be their spiritual leader, but never their superior. Paul said, “I know how to be abased…” (Philippians 4:12). Paul’s idea of service was to pour his life out to the last drop for others. And whether he received praise or blame made no difference. As long as there was one human being who did not know Jesus, Paul felt a debt of service to that person until he did come to know Him. 
The chief motivation behind Paul’s service, however, was not love for others but love for his Lord. 
If our devotion is to the cause of humanity, we will be quickly defeated and broken-hearted, since we will often be confronted with a great deal of ingratitude from other people. But if we are motivated by our love for God, no amount of ingratitude will be able to hinder us from serving one another.
Paul’s understanding of how Christ had dealt with him is the secret behind his determination to serve others. “I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man…” (1 Timothy 1:13). In other words, no matter how badly others may have treated Paul, they could never have treated him with the same degree of spite and hatred with which he had treated Jesus Christ. Once we realize that Jesus has served us even to the depths of our meagerness, our selfishness, and our sin, nothing we encounter from others will be able to exhaust our determination to serve others for His sake.
~ Oswald Chambers - My Utmost for His Highest
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The grave my little cottage is,
Where “Keeping house” for thee
I make my parlor orderly
And lay the marble tea.

For two divided, briefly,
A cycle, it may be,
Till everlasting life unite
In strong society.

~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

“O, Wind, if Winter comes, 
can Spring be far behind?”

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Ode to the West Wind

We’re only here for a little stay.
Don’t worry.
Don’t hurry,
And be sure to stop,
And smell the flowers along the way.

~ Anonymous

"Just think of lovely things
And your heart will fly on wings"
Betty Comden and Adolphe Greene - Peter Pan 1954

Friday, February 20, 2015

Feeling a little low?
World got you down?
Are you snowed under?
Overwhelmed with with debt?
Just plain sick and tired of it all?


And here you thought we couldn't possibly
sink any lower than we already did.