ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

TL ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (3)On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed this:

http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/fast.htm

Could you imagine a President of such moral fiber in the White House today?  How refreshing would it be to have a Commander and Chief with values and backbone instead of one who seems to want as much party as possible with no regard whatsoever for the country he represents and supposedly protects?

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.  – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Hmm…  a day of fasting and humility.  You know – that’s not such a bad idea, fellow believers.  Have you seen the GOP race lately?  Have you seen the horses in that race?  I rest my case.  We need God to help us now more than ever!  This is not a political blog and never will be – but as a Christian who happens to live in America, I naturally have some interest in this election season.

When I saw 19 people running for President, I thought, “no way – this isn’t good!”  We’re still not in a good way with a two-man race and one spoiler.  I’ll let you determine which one is the spoiler – I have my own opinions on that.

If the race doesn’t narrow more, the convention could be dicey to say the least.  We’re gonna mess around and lose the general altogether – let’s pray in unity that God will smack some wisdom into the GOP candidates, and fast!  OK, maybe smack isn’t the right term.  No, wait…  it may be the perfect term.

But back to Abraham Lincoln and legislation.  A day of prayer and fasting.  The actual day is April 30th, but he signed it into law on March 30th.  It was a time when the morals and values of Christianity were not that far away from the morals and values of Americans.  What happened?  Well, people were given the gift of free will, and chose to separate themselves from Christian values and beliefs.  They began picking up their philosophies and lifestyles from other religions – or no religion at all.

Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, had something to say about little foxes and vineyards filled with tender grapes:

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.  Song of Solomon 2:15

The King James version says “Our grapes are tender”.  It means that little things that seem almost harmless can be the things that trip us up along the way – like the little foxes that get in the vineyard and eat all the tender young grapes.  The little things that seem so minor can lead to the worst mess.

It seemed so innocent when people started doing yoga, didn’t it?  You do a few poses and clear your mind of everything – but if you clear your mind – of everything, even God – that makes room for the enemy to come in.  It’s true.  But what’s the harm in adopting just that one thing – can I do yoga and still be a Christian?  Some say of course – it’s just a little thing.  It’s just one little fox.  And besides, isn’t it God’s will that we have a healthy body?  I don’t argue that, but it’s not His will that you sit still with an empty mind.  He wants your thoughts to be on Him.  He’s a jealous God – He wants to have first place, or no place at all.

Colorado has legalized pot – but it’s not big deal.  Can I be high as a kite and then get behind the wheel to drive?  Sure, why not?  If you hit someone and kill them, you’ll probably just walk away with minor injuries.  You’ll be so out of it you won’t know what hit you.  Chill out – it’s just a little thing. It’s just one little fox.  And besides, there are people suffering who need pot for their pain.  I don’t argue that, but not everyone is in pain.  Those who are should not be allowed to be on the road driving so that other innocent people get hurt or killed.

Unplanned pregnancy?  Bummer – just get rid of it.  Easy come, easy go – no big deal.  Life is cheap – you can always have another baby when you’re ready, right?  Don’t let anybody take away your rights because you’ve got that power to choose – pro-choice – because that fetus…  well it’s just a little thing.  It’s just one little fox.  And besides, it’s not really a human being yet, right?  It’s not really a life yet.  I do argue that – America condones the killing of innocent life and will not receive the blessing of God until that is changed.  I don’t give a flying flip about the mother’s RIGHTS…  if you’re irresponsible enough to have unprotected sex, then guess what?  If you conceive a life – there are other options – and they are less selfish ones.  Adoption is perfect because there are people who would love to raise that child.  Be smarter about how you deal with unplanned pregnancy – sheesh!!!  Put an end to the murder of innocents – it’s barbaric and so beneath us!

Don’t be such a stick in the mud – don’t be such a square – and really, those Bible verses you quote are giving me one ginormous migraine.  And don’t judge me until you’re sure you’re perfect.

Yeah – well hold the phone…  let’s just get that straight here and now.  Nobody’s perfect.  That’s why we all need a Savior.  WHOSOEVER…  it’s you and me and everyone.  Jesus died for every one of us.  Accept it or deny it…  that’s on you.

God wants better for all of us – He can help us overcome the things we’ve tagged as little things – our little foxes – the things that can appear to be chinks in the armor.  We all get chinks once in a while – and through Christ, God can and will forgive those if we ask with a sincere heart.  There’s not one sin that God will not forgive!

But America…  seriously – we need to have a day of fasting and humility.  We need to hit our knees and pray like we’ve never prayed before for our beautiful America.  We are at a crossroads and we need God’s help!  I know we are a proud people – but we need to humble ourselves before the Almighty and turn from our sin and ask Him to heal our land.  ❤

 

 

 

 

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There is nothing like a dream to create the future.  – Victor Hugo

Walt Disney’s Song Of South was released on this day in 1946.

History never looks like history when you are living through it.  – John Gardner

If you’re a child of the 1960’s like me, you watched a lot of Walt Disney movies!  Yes I know, by today’s standards this movie would never have been made – but back in 1946 it was a different story.  As a kid I saw Uncle Remus as a nice man with a song in his heart and a wonderful outlook on life – who happened to talk to cartoon friends.  Nothing weird or racist about that (well, except the whole talking to cartoon friends thing).  There’s nothing wrong with starting the day with a Zip-a-Dee Doo-Dah attitude, is there?

In my defense, I was five years old when I saw the movie, so I’m not exactly the most qualified critic.  As a matter of fact, I think I may have fallen asleep the night my family went to see it at the Landmark Drive-In here in Wichita – on that summer night in 1966.  Our local drive-in had DISNEY MOVIE FRIDAYS when I was a kid.  We packed a picnic basket with my mom’s fried chicken & fixin’s… took the ol’ Rambler station wagon – backed into a spot and put the tailgate down.  Sat there and ate dinner while we watched the movie.  I almost never saw the end of the movie because after all that good food…  well – I went to sleep!  :-/

Disney has kept the film locked in its vault for the past 25 years.  If you were born after 1980, you’ve almost certainly never seen it in full, and it’s unlikely that will change anytime soon.  For better or for worse…  who knows?

I still like this song!

https://youtu.be/LcxYwwIL5zQ

How something as benign and pure as Uncle Remus could incur the scorn of some people indicates a warped mind.  These days it seems to me that some folks are looking for things to call racist.  Why can’t we celebrate diversity instead of allowing ourselves to be divided by it?  Song of the South, the performance, cartoons and especially the music were designed to bring a smile to children’s faces.  By the time I saw the movie in 1966, it was already 20 years old – and it brought a smile to my face!  It did what it was intended to do. 

Disney bought the rights to Uncle Remus’ Tales by Joel Chandler Harris in 1939 and built the movie scenario from there.  I found a wonderful website dedicated to this movie.  Everything you would ever want to know (and a few things you didn’t think you cared about) are here.  There are trailers and all sorts of facts about the movie.

http://www.songofthesouth.net/

I hope we don’t over-analyze these older movies and determine that they should be banned based on ideals that were clearly not considered at the time the movies were made.  It really was a different era in the late 1940’s.  World War II was finally over and people were needing someone to come along and make them feel happy.  That person was Uncle Remus and we have Walt Disney to thank for bringing Song of the South to us.  🙂

 

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http://www.rattle.com/poetry/a-poem-by-andy-rooney-by-richard-garcia/

On this day in 1899, William D. Middlebrook of Waterbury, CT patented the popular Gem-style paper clip.  The humble paper clip remains virtually unchanged in all this time.  There are plastic-coated clips nowadays, but the familiar round edge is unlikely to change.  The round edge keeps papers from tearing.

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Nearly 20 million pounds of paper clips are produced every year in the United States.  The machinery that makes the paper clips is original from the 1930’s.

Paper clips are not just for the office anymore.  There are several uses for these office essentials:

  • Does the paper tab on your tea bag slip into the hot water?  Weigh it down with a small paper clip.
  • I hosted a party one afternoon for pet parents.  I wanted to display photographs of my sweet dog, Casey, but did not want to put any holes in my walls.  I made a garland of paper clips, attaching a photo on to every 5th paper clip.  The garland easily attached to my fireplace mantel.  I was able to hang the photos at eye level and it was quite a conversation starter!
  • Instead of using the flimsy plastic tool included in the dye package, use a large paper clip to dip eggs into the dye bath for an even color.  Open up the clip, bend one end into a circle, then push the other end up to make a handle.  Place a hard-boiled egg in the circle and dunk.  Your Easter eggs will look fantastic!
  • Have you ever lost a screw from your glasses?  You can replace the missing screw by sticking a small, opened paper clip in its place.  Snip the excess metal with wire cutters.
  • If I had a nickel for each time I had to fix a hem with paper clips, I’d be rich.  Paper clips can keep a hem in place until you get home from work and can get to straight pins and a sewing machine.

Today we celebrate the paper clip – and all the many jobs it does!  🙂

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God gave NY a rainbow… brings tears to my eyes!

I asked the great folks in my group, A Second Helping of Wellness… with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, if they would be willing to share some of their thoughts about September 11, 2001.  Here are their responses:

I remember being scared, sad ,and confused. All I wanted to do was find out more information about what happened. It was surreal, and I took a long time to really come to terms with it. We visited NYC the following October and the mood was so somber . There was a complete sense of loss. I hope and pray that nothing like that happens to us again. 

  • John

I remember watching the TV and being so scared because it was not known how many more planes were involved and where the planes were headed. It was surreal and I know that all the military bases were on high alert.

  • Diane

I was driving when the news came on the car radio stating that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center ~ My first thought was terrorists ~ I went home and put the news on t.v. and witnessed the second plane crash into the second Tower ~ I called Jim who was visiting his mother’s grave and told him to get home asap ~ We watched on TV as the horror unfolded ~ The Towers crashing down ~ People dying, bleeding, etc. ~ The rest of the day was spent crying, not knowing. . .I lost two cousins and some former co-workers.

  • Ally

I was in Tucson, Arizona at the time attending school. I woke up and turned on the TV to watch the news as I got ready for school. I thought I was watching a movie as both of the twin towers where begin showed. Later on there was a bomb threat at the school I was attending. We cleared the building while the police and their dogs searched. In the meantime my class was sitting in the parking lot taking a test.

  • Joanna

And Lucinda reminds us of the Todd Beamer story.  Disclaimer:  grab a box of Kleenex.

https://youtu.be/IP5dUz8nyYE

And the beautiful song by DC Talk.

https://youtu.be/0Sxqkbz6T4g

WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

Americans are resilient in the face of tragedy.  We mourn to be sure, but then we take the worst situations and replace them with symbols of hope for the future.  We need to honor those we lost by finding a way to move ahead.  On November 3, 2014, One World Trade Center, also known as The Freedom Tower, opened!

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Restored beauty – because America is resilient.

 

It’s no coincidence that the building stands at 1,776 feet.  It is a deliberate reference to the year the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed.  May we look at this building and remember, but also gain strength and hope for the future.  Let’s pray for the future of America.

https://youtu.be/mJQojxeIhYw

May God bless the U.S.A.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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DINNER AT EIGHT

 

Call me a square…  I just don’t care!  I love old movies!  Is it so surprising that one who wears vintage clothing and does not dig modern movies with profanity and other non-important additions should enjoy a flick from more innocent times?

Even though this movie was released nearly 30 years before I was born, my favorite old flick came out on this day in 1933 and is called “Dinner at Eight”.   I hear everyone rave on about how it’s such a great comedy – and maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see it as a comedy.  It’s more of a drama to be sure since some of the subject matter includes the dawn of the talkies, divorce, aging, fading careers, alcoholism, class conflict, economic pressures, infidelity, love, financial ruin and suicide.

Based on a very successful play, I’ve gone to more than one performance at live theatre here in Wichita, but there’s just something about the movie version that draws me in.  My favorite character is Kitty.

Jean Harlow, stylishly coiffured from her lovely gowns to her platinum blonde hair, plays the role of “Kitty” with absolute perfection.  Kitty is often propped up in bed, wearing a silky white negligée, eating chocolates that she spits out when finding one she doesn’t like (I never have that problem, do you?)  She resorts to both baby talk and brassy insults in the same sentence (how does she do that?) She and her husband, Packard are always bickering.  Maybe that’s why people think it’s a comedy – she is sort of funny.

My favorite part is when Packard lets her know he doesn’t want to go to the dinner and promptly tells her:

Aw…  GO LAY AN EGG!

That cracks me up!  Get it???  Egg…  crack…???  Aw…  never mind.  If I need to explain why it’s funny, something gets lost in the translation.

I’m enamored with this era and am convinced I was born too late!  Then I am quick to reconsider when I realize that 1933 was smack dab in the middle of the depression era.  God spared me from that.  My folks lived through it – but all I got were stories from them.  It didn’t sound like it was much fun – at all.  Then there was WWII – it just kept getting more fun, didn’t it?

Dinner at Eight is an old classic that should be on everyone’s DVD shelf.  It’s cute and quirky, but still a little edgy for its time.  Wink!  😉

 

 

 

 

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7-23 LET'S EXAMINE HISTORY

The night is almost gone, and the day is near.  Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  – Romans 13:2

On this day in 1967, one of the worst riots in U.S. history broke out on 12th Street in the heart of Detroit’s predominantly African-American inner city.  It began in the early morning hours and lasted four days.

It was only stopped after 7,000 National Guard and U.S. Army troops were involved.  The death toll came to 43 and 342 were injured.  Nearly 1,400 buildings were burned.  The 12th Street Riot was the worst U.S. riot in 100 years, occurring during a period of numerous riots in America.

The National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, appointed by President Johnson, identified more than 150 riots or major disorders between 1965 and 1968.  In 1967 alone, 83 people died and 1,800 were injured.  Property valued at more than $100 million was damaged, looted, or destroyed.

America, we must study our history, not so we can repeat it, but so we can find a better way of solving problems.  Rioting, senseless death, injuries, destruction is not the way to solve problems.  Let’s look at the late 1960’s and see how that ended.  Do we really want the 2000’s to be a carbon copy?  Have we not learned anything from our sad history?

God’s way is to pray and obey.  If we look at God’s Word, we see that we are to lean fully on Him for guidance and be obedient to His Word.  Nowhere in the Bible does it condone violence or rioting, destruction and hate.

When will we learn that drawing racial lines and causing division are methods that get us nowhere?  It accomplishes exactly nothing and leaves people dead in the streets!  What about that is right?  God cries at these times.

I cry too when I see the division is evident once again.  As a child of the 1960’s, it’s apparent to me that history is beginning to repeat itself, and it makes my heart sink.  Let’s come together and pray for America because frankly, with God’s help, we can be better than that!  Now that we’ve examined what happened in the 1960’s.  Let’s not allow history to repeat itself.  🙂

 

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On July 11, 1985, Dr. H. Harlan Stone, head of general surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital at Baltimore, announced that he had used zippers for stitches on 28 patients in order to re-operate more easily.

Um…  to begin with, I didn’t even know they could use zippers instead of stitches.  I know there are various kinds of stitches and types of silk…  but zippers…  really???

At first glance, this sounds funny, but the more research I did, the more serious this got.

Pancreatitis is a fairly common condition for diabetics and when severe, requires surgery to remove inflamed or abscessed parts of the pancreas.  This produces internal bleeding, so packs of gauze are inserted to stem the blood flow.  The packs must be changed daily for the first four or five days and every other day for the next five, requiring patients to face repeated operations in which their wounds are reopened and resewn.

He didn’t even use a special kind of zipper – but a common plastic zipper from the five-and-dime!

Doctor Stone was introduced to this technique during a 1978 medical meeting in Holland.  He watched a Dutch doctor sew a zipper to the tough membrane under the skin.  Conventional surgery to change the gauze pack took an hour or more each time.  Even though the patient still has anesthesia, the surgery is over in five minutes – zip-zip!  Just a dressing is needed to protect the wound and sterilized zipper.  When the pack-changing period is over, the zipper is removed and a permanent suture is substituted.

What color zipper does Doctor Stone use?  He admits that any color will do, but feels that he ought to have proper hospital white.

This makes me thankful for The Great Physician!  He is not invasive but helps us heal wholly and completely – mind, body, spirit! 

NO RE-OPERATION

Once The Great Physician performs surgery, there’s never a need for a re-operation.  🙂