Friday, January 05, 2007

Recipe for Miracles

"Recipe for Miracles"

1 part of knowing who you are
1 part of knowing who you aren't
1 part of knowing what you want
1 part of knowing who you wish to be
1 part of knowing what you already have
1 part of choosing wisely from what you have
1 part of loving and thanking God for ALL you have.
Give thanks.

Combine ingredients together gently until finely blended.
Use thoughts, Words and actions for best results.
Bake until Blessed. Give thanks again.


What do these three actors have in common?

Gailard Sartain

Jennifer Jones

Larry Drake

Anyone want to take a guess? Answer to follow in comments.

Comments are always appreciated.


N Posted by Rain at 1/05/2007 12:49:00 AM

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Household Tales

Janurary 4, 1785-September 20, 1863

Jacob Grimm was born in Hanau, Germany on January 4, 1785. His father, who was educated in law and served as a town clerk, died when Jacob was young. His mother Dorothea struggled to pay the education of the children. With financial help of Dorothea's sister, Jacob and Wilhelm were sent to Kasel to attend the Lyzeum. Jacob then studied law at Marburg. He worked from 1816 to 1829 as a librarian at Kasel, where his brother served as a secretary.

Between 1821 and 1822 the brothers raised extra money by collecting three volumes of folktales. With these publications they wanted to show, that Germans shared a similar culture and advocate the unification process of the small independent kingdoms and principalities.
Cinderella 1

Altogether some 40 persons delivered tales to the Grimm's. Their the most important informants included Dorothea Viehmann, the daughter of an innkeeper, Johann Friedrich Krause, an old dragoon, and Marie Hassenpflug, a 20-year-old friend of their sister, Charlotte, from a well-bred, French-speaking family. Marie's stories blended motifs from the oral tradition and Perrault's Tales of My Mother Goose (1697).

Red Riding Hood 2
By Gustave Dore

The brothers moved in 1830 Göttingen, Wilhelm becoming assistant librarian and Jacob a librarian. In 1835 Wilhelm was appointed professor, but they were dismissed two years later for protesting against the abrogation of the Hannover constitution by King Ernest Augustus. In 1841 they became professors at the University of Berlin, and worked with Deutsches Worterbuch. Its first volume appeared in 1854.

Sleeping Beauty 1
By Gustave Dore

The Grimm's made major contributions in many fields, notably in the studies of heroic myth and the ancient religion and law. They worked very close, even after Wilhelm married in 1825. Jacob remained unmarried. Wilhelm died in Berlin on December 16, 1859 and Jacob four years later on September 20, 1863.

And now for your reading enjoyment;

The Twelve Apostles
By Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Three hundred years before the birth of the Lord Christ, there lived a mother who had twelve sons, but was so poor and needy that she no longer knew how she was to keep them alive at all. She prayed to God daily that he would grant that all her sons might be on the earth with the Redeemer who was promised. When her necessity became still greater she sent one of them after the other out into the world to seek bread for her.

The eldest was called Peter, and he went out and had already walked a long way, a whole day's journey, when he came into a great forest. He sought for a way out, but could find none, and went farther and farther astray, and at the same time felt such great hunger that he could scarcely stand. At length he became so weak that he was forced to lie down, and he believed death to be at hand.

Suddenly there stood beside him a small boy who shone with brightness, and was as beautiful and kind as an angel. The child smote his little hands together, until Peter was forced to look up and saw him. Then the child said, "Why art thou sitting there in such trouble?" "Alas!" answered Peter, "I am going about the world seeking bread, that I may yet see the dear Saviour who is promised, that is my greatest desire." The child said, "Come with me, and thy wish shall be fulfilled." He took poor Peter by the hand, and led him between some cliffs to a great cavern.

When they entered it, everything was shining with gold, silver, and crystal, and in the midst of it twelve cradles were standing side by side. Then said the little angel, "Lie down in the first, and sleep a while, I will rock thee." Peter did so, and the angel sang to him and rocked him until he was alseep. And when he was asleep, the second brother came also, guided thither by his guardian angel, and he was rocked to sleep like the first, and thus came the others, one after the other, until all twelve lay there sleeping in the golden cradles.

They slept, however, three hundred years, until the night when the Saviour of the world was born. Then they awoke, and were with him on earth, and were called the twelve apostles.

From Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Household Tales, trans. Margaret Hunt (London: George Bell, 1884)

This week has been a zoo at work, and I am really looking forward to the weekend! How is your week been?


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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A Cure for Everything

Have a great day...

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Monday, January 01, 2007

A New Begining

Pirate of the Month
Thank you Benita for the image and the quote!
By ???

"By presenting a pirate's lifestyle though portraiture, one see's close up the mildew, salt, pitch, tar and slopped food that is inevitable onboard a sailing vessel. With spyglass and weapons at the ready, hands that will never come clean, he waits to ply his trade. He has sailed rough and been hard-used."

The month of January is also;

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
6520 Platt Avenue, #693
West Hills, CA 91307
(818) 909-3849

Cervical cancer is an important women’s health problem in developing countries, killing some 200,000 women each year. It is the third most common cancer overall and the leading cause of death from cancer among women in developing countries.

At least 370,000 new cases are identified each year; 80 percent are in developing countries. Rates are highest in Central America and sub-Saharan Africa. An important reason for the sharply higher cervical cancer incidence in developing countries is the lack of effective screening programs aimed at detecting pre-cancerous conditions (dysplasia) and treating them before they progress to invasive cancer.

Talk about it! Save your daughter, your nieces, cousins, girlfriends and your own life!

National Blood Donor Month

AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks)
8101 Glenbrook Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 215-6526

Why Donate Blood?

A blood donation truly is a “gift of life” that a healthy individual can give to others in their community who are sick or injured. In one hour’s time, a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components that could help save multiple lives.

From one unit of blood, red blood cells can be extracted for use in trauma or surgical patients. Plasma, the liquid part of blood, is administered to patients with clotting problems. The third component of blood, platelets, clot the blood when cuts or other open wounds occur, and are often used in cancer and transplant patients. Cryoprecipitated anti-hemophilic factor (AHF) is also used for clotting factors.

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY 10605
(888) MO DIMES (663-4637)

Every day 1 in 8 babies born in the U.S. arrives too soon. Premature birth can happen to any pregnant woman, and no one knows why. It is a serious, common and costly problem. The March of Dimes is leading the campaign to reduce premature birth by supporting research and by educating the public and health care providers.

The March of Dimes is very close to my own heart. My oldest son, Rusty was born a month and a half premature. Also, I have three other friends who have given birth to children prematurely and without the help of the March of Dimes and other agencies, their children would not have survived.

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive, suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year.

Being a diabetic, I get screened for Glaucoma every year. I was asked some time ago if it hurt, it doesn't. Besides they dilate your eyes and they give you some funky glasses to wear. =0) Don't take a chance, get tested!


Well folks, I just got home from driving some very drunk and happy friends (I was the designated driver) home from a party at my friend Candy's house! I had a wonderful time, heard a lot of great jokes and I did get a kiss from a very special person at midnight! Yep, I believe 2007 will be a good year! Goodnight everyone!


N Posted by Rain at 1/01/2007 12:36:00 AM

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Years One and All

"Ring out, wild bells" from In Memoriam

by Lord Alfred Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

My New Years Resolutions are;

  • Drink at least eight glasses of water per day. I keep being told by my doctors that I suffer from dehydration. As of right now I drink six glasses a day and I know I need to drink more!
  • I am going to forgive myself. I must stop carring around the gulit and blame for someone else's transgressions. Thanks jules!
  • I am going to continue taking my meds. everyday. Most of you know that I struggle with this on a daily basis.
  • I am going to continue my belly dancing classes and give a performance with the rest of the class. Candy, don't you dare call me a "teachers pet" LOL!
  • I want to improve my sex life! Explore new boundaries and bring more fantasies to life. Find out what may be lurking in the shadows...An experiment in better living, if you will.
  • To continue to work toward my career goals.

Now, I know these may not seem like much to all of you however, these goals are realistic and attainable. =0)

Tonight I am the designated driver for a party, with friends. I hope that each and everyone of you has a safe and Happy New Year! See you next year...

Comments are always appreciated.

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