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Category: miscellaneous | Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:21 pm
I have been full circle now. I had a chance to shake Barack Obama's hand and he was actually too close to me for a good picture. I did an interview with the Washington Times Newspaper and if anyone in that area sees my name give me a shout. My life will settle down now because today we vote in MS.
The somewhat bald guy is Congressman Benny Thompson and the older gentleman is Henry Evers, relative of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Our airport, Jackson-Evers International Airport has a display in the terminal of the struggle that was occuring at that particular time in MS
I must admit that sometimes it is fun to be me. I have become a new person since I joined the stew.
Now that things are sprouting up all over, keep an eye out for some gardening pics. I am excited about getting back to posting about more garden related stuff. But I had to take a break for history.
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Hillary and me
Category: miscellaneous | Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:10 pm
You don't know how lucky I was to get this picture. It takes boldness in life. I had a bad encounter in my church where my pastor actually said for the pulpit that I should stay in my place. That would be fine if he would tell me what my place is.
See, I am getting my Masters degree in theology and just my presence in my small country church is confusing and threatening. As history has shown us, new things or different things are frightening and sadly, people react to things unknown with ANGER.
But, the sentence "stay in your place" became an empowering montra. I was waiting for PEOPLE to approve everything I did and thought (in my church) instead of beinig the Dorothy that I am outside of the church= dependent and concerned with how God thought about me.
So, Christian, in her place, Dorothy sauntered up to Hillary's secret service and got a personal autograph and picture. I am so happy that I am staying in my place= being Dorothy.
We had snow this week the first snow in I don't know how many years. The plants look as though they have not been damaged.
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Divas times Three
Category: miscellaneous | Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:40 pm
We call them the Marchies because they were all born in March. Not one of their due dates were suppose to be in March but each of them had their own idea. One weighed 6lbs 14oz, one weighed 3lbs 3oz, and one weighed 8lbs 3 oz. One was a natural birth and two were C-section. The 3 pounder was due at the end of May but became an early bird special. She still loves to hear me tell the story of her unexpected arrival.
Each is artistic and musically inclined with a trombonist, trumpeteer, and a clarinet poser.
Each one of them still sits on my lap whether I like it or not. Each kisses me hello/goodmorning and goddbye/goodnight. I am spoiled beyond belief because they each tell me "I love you and I am glad that you are my mommy."
This is the result of the make over that I told you about in an earlier blog and I'm glad that only the outsides can be changed by people but as for their insides; each is more beautiful inside by their own choice and I am proud of that beauty the most.
These are my flowers.
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Enjoy each day.
Category: miscellaneous | Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:53 am
I said have a blessed day to my two girls this morning at 6:20 a.m. as I do each morning as they rushed out of the front door to get on the bus. I asked each "where is your coat?" (yesterday, the temp was at least 75 degrees) "We don't know" was the reply because the coats were ditched at first sign of a lovely day.
I settled on the couch for a nap because I had two appointments before noon and a class later the evening. My telephone rang which is never a good sign so early in the morning.
"What are you doing today?" It was my sister. I went through my agenda for the day. "Oh, I was just wondering, because (a family friend's child)was found dead on the highway this morning and I was wondering if you would go to the accident site with me. The family and body is still there." Yes, I'll go with you.
As I quickly dressed, the birth, childhood years, graduation, marriage, and breakup of the young 20 something year old childless female's life went through my mind. I could picture the heartache and shock of the family immediately. During our Sunday worship service, we prayed for families that had a death in it because the local funeral home was at full capacity.
As we approached the accident site that was 10 minutes away from my home in our small community, I could see the family and cars lined up on both sides of the little country highway that is no more than a glorified asphalt road. And there, still, to the right, just off of the pavement, was a body with a bright white sheet covering it lying still.
I hugged everyone, I saw faces that I had seen for countless years, and expressed my sorrow. I approached the mom of the deceased young lady and embraced her and she held me tight drawing whatever she could from my spirit and I offered all that I could in the transfer. I asked "has anyone prayed?" and she said no. I said lets hold hands and I'll pray. The mother said "can we go close to my baby?" I said "yes, whatever you would like."
In that moment of loss I felt so much. Surprisingly enough I felt 'joy.' Yes I said JOY. In a time of not knowing what to say or how to react to tragedy, I found just acting with love for another is a giving and a receiving experience. To know for one moment in time that I totally forgot about me and said here I am for you (pure) and the expression of "thanks, I needed that" said without a word being passed is a purity that I can only equate with the birth of a new born baby (pure) or the emergence of spring (pure) to me it is an undefiled pure: JOY.
I encouraged the family to lean on family, friends, community, and God in the days, months, and years to come and one day the loss will be replaced hopefully by 'joy' in how so many were there for them in their time of need.
Enjoy each day and be filled with JOY.
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