When I travel to St Louis, Missouri there is a beautiful sight on the way. I see it every timei drive in the area and decided to take a picture this time. As I sit in the hotel tonight I think about the cross and whyI am so afraid to bare the cross that I have and carry it strongly forward on the journey. I usually do my best to set it aside, ignore it, tell myself it can’t possibly there, it is invisible, it is a fictional thing that is not real, or a hundred different excuses. Not to signify that the cross is a huge part of my life, as it is the cross of salvation, but also the cross of the saving grace that gives peace and the divine.

This cross in the middle of nowhere is a huge reminder to me who and what is in charge of my journey and who makes the plans. It is a bearer of salvation, love, suffering and joy of Divine Love and the Holy Spirit in my life. I must acknowledge this and move forward on the journey with this love and joy helping me to face suffering to assure my salvation.

What do you do to maintain peace and the divine in your life?


There are so many things to explore, be grateful for and love in this world, why are there some who would rather control or bully their way through life? Are these types really comfortable in their own body, or do they get their kicks by making others be at the whim of their ideas, mood, likes, dislikes, and basically try to mold others into their bullying, controlling mold.
It would seem that the divine made us all in his image, however each different, for us to cultivate that difference into a caring compassionate, growing learning about each other, and not a put down, bully, controlling attitude. It would also seem that these bullies are really the issue and not the ones they are trying to control. After all if the bully said jump off a bridge would you do it, absolutely not, then, just walk away and acknowledge that you are better for doing so.

And so it is!


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    Yesterday morning we woke up to a huge tree branch that was hit by lightning covering our back door patio. My husband looked out and said “Oh Mama, we have a mess. Never mind it missed the house and nearby windows by a couple of inches! The dog just stared at it all day, wondering what had happening. No one had heard it in the night. I think it happened about 10-12 midnight when the worst of the storms came through. I could not help but take pictures of it when I got home! I do not know the status of my patio set and the Statue of the Virgin Mary or the roses that lie underneath, as we could not see them under the branches. And it missed the grill sitting on the patio, a good thing with propane waiting to explode under it.

God sometimes reminds us of the size of the power and also makes us humble in knowing that we are dust without his grace and love.

Note: Reminder my e-mail has changed to Snoopykg2@aol.com


     It is interesting that I usually spend a good part of my week on e-mail or my blackberry, conversing, socializing, networking, planning and managing work/life and family issues. Managing one issue or another minute -to-minute at is usually mostly by e-mail

     Is this the wave of the new millenium? Impersonal, cold, no body language, no tone of voice, no smile or frown, no attitude or lots of attitude? Maybe we do not even realize it? There are time when I go weeks before I get a hug from a close family member, as everyone is usually too busy or doing their own thing. Example I call my daughter on Skype and all I get is an impersonal message, call cancelled. Stopping and asking for directions (Actually speaking with someone) is almost obsolete, as GPS technology becomes mainstream.

     Do friends, over the age of 30 I am speaking of, actually call and talk anymore, do they go out for coffee, go shopping, have meaningful conversation—or are they just too busy with family, work, T.V, Internet sports activities, church, community endeavors, planning, inflexible schedules, fear, anxiety or numerous other reasons to back down from  invitations. Even if people are invited nowadays to events and an RSVP is needed, they do not respond and most times do not show up or show up late.

    I am not sure if I am overexerting this observation or it is a reality that society is going somewhat into hibernation, perhaps like the separations seen in WWII, with whole countries cutting themselves of from the rest or the world. Even my son hibernates in his room, probably just the 16-year-old mentality, and plays video games while talking on a wireless headset to the boy across the street. Playing is virtual, along with warfare, i.e. War Video Games.

   Another example:  There are lots of friends that I have, however very few, if any that actually call and ask that we connect, it would seem I am the initiator most of the time. Although I feel ok with that, it would be great if others would make plans and do the inviting, is not friendship a mutual thing?. Most weekends I am free all weekend and wonder where everyone is and what they are doing.

I guess somehow I walked out of the mainstream and did not realize it. I will have to seek another avenue to go down.

As Walter Cronkite used to say:

And that’s the way it is…..Good Night…..

And where am I going with this conversation? I have no idea? But it was fun and in the moment! By no means do I mean to offend anyone, as I am just wondering about some of these human responses. Normal as they are….

What an act, is it a movie or live T.V.

     Well it is actually real life. A balancing act to support the relation between head and heart. I have been asked that I try to bridge the two closer together and/or try to use my heart more. What does this mean. I am usually a kind, caring, compassionate person. Does this observation mean that I am cold, cruel, calculating, and aloof? I almost feel hurt, misinterpreted, angry, and let down. After all I have lived my life in service to others, rather than myself or have I?
I have come to understand that this has nothing to do with this and has more to do about the balance between the two. It would seem that I am busy with planning, reasoning, and intelectualizing, when I should balance that more with creativity, love, caring, etc,.

 What is the prescription to take care of this imbalance? Is there one? Is it a chemical imbalance? or possibly genetic? Environmental? I would bet is is all of the above, but what is the treatment?

Are you balanced or do you teeter back and forth? Whats the prescription?

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Two dozen yellow roses showed up this afternoon at my house, what a wonderful treat. They are both bright and a small taste of the Divine, made by God. A reminder that life has beauty and thorns. I am looking at mine on the table and the thorns are cut off….

A few rose facts:
Early Christians identified the five petals of the rose with the five wounds of Christ. Despite this interpretation, their leaders were hesitant to adopt it because of its association with Roman excesses and pagan ritual. The red rose was eventually adopted as a symbol of the blood of the Christian martyrs. Roses also later came to be associated with the Virgin Mary.

Rose culture came into its own in Europe in the 1800s with the introduction of perpetual blooming roses from China. There are currently thousands of varieties of roses developed for bloom shape, size, fragrance and even for lack of prickles.

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Happy Mothers Day to all you Moms out there….

Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.

Throught each life time – run rivers to cross
What if there’s no life line and you’re sinking or lost
Just believe in your direction
Let your heart explore
Cause you can’t reach new horizons
Standing on the shore

There are mountains – we need to climb
But the mountains standing in the way are only in our minds
And the risk of all
So just listen to the voice that says
I’ll catch you if you fall

On the other side of doubt is faith
On the other side of pain lies strength
The journey may seem endless
And You know the road is rough
But on the other side of fear… is love

For such a long time I put my dreams aside
The tides of change felt dangerous
The mountains seemed too high
But my dreams were slowly fading
As time went quickly by
So I held me breath with every step
Never knowing I would find…

On the other side of doubt is faith
On the other side of pain lies strength
The journey may seem endless
And You know the road is rough
But on the other side of fear… is love

The Other Side Lyrics

Artist: Anne Murray (Buy Anne Murray CDs)
Album: Anne Murray

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