The “One Lovely Blog” Award

One Lovely Blog AwardOnce again, I am humbled and honored to receive the “One Lovely Blog” award. I was nominated by my dear friend at especiallymade.wordpress.com. She is a sweet, God loving soul and I am proud to accept this award from her.

 

I am humbled because I never thought or expected to ever get nominated for any of these awards. The fact that I have been privileged to be the recipient of these awards is simply heartwarming.

 

I would like to pass this award on to 7 lovely bloggers. Here are my nominees:
A Few Drops of Sunshine

52 Sundays

Choosing Happiness.

Bright Moments Catcher

heavenlyraindrops

JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project

Echoes of Mercy

 

If you would like to post about this award and pass it on to others, here are the rules.
1. Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post
2. Share seven things about you
3. Pass the award on to seven nominees
4. Thank the person who nominated you
5. Inform the nominees by posting on their blogs

 

Last and certainly least, here are 7 random things about me.
1. I was a small college DJ for 2 years in Miami in the 80’s.
3. My wife is a GREAT baker!
4. I enjoy listening to all kinds of music.
5. Before I was a teacher, I was a dishwasher in several eating establishments..
6. I forgot my best friend’s wedding ring for the wedding ceremony when he got married.
7. My two sons are taller than me now…and I am 6’3” tall!!

Funny School “Excuse Notes”

Photo Credit: Labpluto123 via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: Labpluto123 via Wikimedia Commons

The following is a list of some funny “Excuse” notes that students have given to their teachers. Enjoy the list and the smiles that it may bring you. (The sad thing is….some of them were written and spelled by parents!)

Please exkuce Pam for being absent from skool.  She was sick and I had her shot.

Please excuse Mary for being absent yesterday. She was in bed with gramps.

Sally won’t be in school a week from Friday. We have to attend her funeral.

Please excuse Eddie for being.  It was his father’s fault.

Irving was absent yesterday because he missed his bust.

Please excuse Pedro from being absent yesterday. He had (diahre) (dyrea) (direathe) the runs.

Bethany could not come to school today because she has been bothered by very close veins.

Ray was absent yesterday because he was playing football. He was hurt in the growing part.

Mary-Ann was absent October 8-11, because she had a fever, sore throat, headache and upset stomach. Her sister was also sick, fever and sore throat, her brother had a low grade fever and ached all over. I wasn’t the best either, sore throat and fever. There must be something going around, her father even got hot last night.

Please excuse Jennifer for missing school yesterday.  We forgot to get the Sunday paper off the porch, and when we found it Monday, we thought it was Sunday.

Dear School:
Please exscuse Cecil being absent on June 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and also 33.

Please excuse Gloria from Jim today. She is administrating.

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Have an Awesome day and SMILE!!

A World of 100 People

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The world population has now reached 7 billion people. Imagine if all the people of the world’s population were condensed and put on an island or in a world of only 100 citizens and they all had the same attributes that the 7 billion people have now. The world would probably surprise you…check out the following figures…..and see how this world would look.

 

If the World were 100 PEOPLE:

50 would be female
50 would be male

26 would be children
There would be 74 adults,
8 of whom would be 65 and older

There would be:
60 Asians
15 Africans
14 people from the Americas
11 Europeans

33 Christians
22 Muslims
14 Hindus
7 Buddhists
12 people who practice other religions
12 people who would not be aligned with a religion

12 would speak Chinese
5 would speak Spanish
5 would speak English
3 would speak Arabic
3 would speak Hindi
3 would speak Bengali
3 would speak Portuguese
2 would speak Russian
2 would speak Japanese
62 would speak other languages

83 would be able to read and write; 17 would not

7 would have a college degree
22 would own or share a computer

77 people would have a place to shelter them
from the wind and the rain, but 23 would not

1 would be dying of starvation
15 would be undernourished
21 would be overweight


87 would have access to safe drinking water
13 people would have no clean, safe water to drink

 

Sources: 100people.org., 2012 – Fritz Erickson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ferris State University (Formerly Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay) and John A. Vonk, University of Northern Colorado, 2006; Returning Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison Wisconsin, Unheard Voices: Celebrating Cultures from the Developing World, 1992; Donella H. Meadows, The Global Citizen, May 31, 1990

Incredible Pers…

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Incredible Perspective at Age 93

Billy Graham’s Prayer For Our Nation

THIS MAN SURE HAS A GOOD VIEW OF WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY!

‘Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and Set us free. Please

Come back and rule our nation, be number one in our nation.
Amen!’

With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we once again can be called ‘One nation under God!’

Life: How Well Can You Juggle?

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PhotoCredit: RadioKirk, Wikimedia Commons

I found this interesting little article on rogerknapp.com. The CEO of Coca Cola, who presented this talk, gives us 12 tips to remember when we try to “juggle the balls” of our lives.

 

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls: family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
How?

  1. Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
  2. Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
  3. Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
  4. Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.
  5. Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
  6. Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us each together.
  7. Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
  8. Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
  9. Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.
  10. Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
  11. Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
  12. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.”

Super Sweet Blogging Award

super-sweet-blogging-awardbbThank you to a very sweet person for this award. theseeker is a wonderful lady with a big heart and has an awesome blog page. This award really made my day. I hope it does the same for you!! Have an AWESOME day!

Rules:

1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated them

2. Answer five super sweet questions

3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in your blog post

4. Nominate a baker’s dozen other bloggers

5. Notify your nominees on their blog

 

Answer 5 Questions (For those NOMINATED  just answer these questions) 

Cookies or Cake? – Cookies

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate 

Favorite Sweet Treat? A Chocolate Cream-Filled Doughnut

When do you crave sweet things the most? Most of the time, if any, in the afternoon

Sweet Nick Name? Sugar Buns

 

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The Young Sentinel and Mr. Lincoln

Photo Credit: John Wood via Wikimedia

Photo Credit: John Wood via Wikimedia

Since today is Memorial Day, I thought it would be nice to find a story of an unsung hero of a war and share it with you. The story I found for today’s article was written and adapted by Z.A.Mudge and took place in the Civil War. It involved a young Civil War soldier and a President that some of us may know…President Abraham Lincoln.

In the summer of 1862, a young man belonging to a Vermont regiment was found sleeping at his post. He was tried and sentenced to be shot. The day was fixed for the execution, and the young soldier calmly prepared to meet his fate.

Friends who knew of the case brought the matter to Mr. Lincoln’s attention. It seemed that the boy had been on duty one night, and on the following night he had taken the place of a comrade too ill to stand guard. The third night he had been again called out, and, being utterly exhausted, had fallen asleep at his post.

As soon as Mr. Lincoln understood the case, he signed a pardon, and sent it to the camp. The morning before the execution arrived, and the President had not heard whether the pardon had reached the officers in charge of the matter. He began to feel uneasy. He ordered a telegram to be sent to the camp, but received no answer. State papers could not fix his mind, nor could he banish the condemned soldier boy from his thoughts.

At last, feeling that he MUST KNOW that the lad was safe, he ordered the carriage and rode rapidly ten miles over a dusty road and beneath a scorching sun. When he reached the camp he found that the pardon had been received and the execution stayed.

The sentinel was released, and his heart was filled with lasting gratitude. When the campaign opened in the spring, the young man was with his regiment near Yorktown, Virginia. They were ordered to attack a fort, and he fell at the first volley of the enemy.

His comrades caught him up and carried him bleeding and dying from the field. “Bear witness,” he said, “that I have proved myself not a coward, and I am not afraid to die.” Then, making a last effort, with his dying breath he prayed for Abraham Lincoln.

 

May We Never Forget…the unsung heroes.

Remembering Our Veterans on Memorial Day

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Memorial Day taking place on Monday, May 27, 2013 this year and with that, it’s time for some Memorial Day quotes. The following is a collection of some of the best Memorial Day quotes and sayings that you can share with your loved ones and honor those who have gone before us.

 

They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation. – Henry Ward Beecher

 

Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours. –Wallace Bruce

 

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell

 

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. – Thomas Campbell

 

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. – Benjamin Disraeli

 

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, is their monument today, and for aye. – Thomas Dunn English

 

For love of country they accepted death…  – James A. Garfield

 

The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. – William Havard

 

The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem. – Aaron Kilbourn

 

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. – William Penn

 

On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! – Thomas William Parsons

 

The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men. – Minot J. Savage

 

We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. –Francis A. Walker

 

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. – Lee Greenwood

Your Life is No Longer Your Own

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A German Firing Squad

As Memorial Day rolls around, I am reminded of a story that I heard. Though the exactness of it I cannot confirm, I am assured its basis is quite factual, and its message definitely deserves to be retold.

 

The story is of a man, Andrew, who was known all his life for selfless sacrifice and good works. He always stood in defense of the defenseless, and toiled without tiring, standing up for the downtrodden and underprivileged. As he grew old, and people tried to honor him for his well-lived life of service, he was reluctant to accept the praise and attention that his community desired to heap upon him. It was then, for the first time, that he told a story that had burned deep in his heart and was hard for him to relate.

 

Andrew was a young man, thirteen years old and living in Austria, when the Germans invaded. The Austrians, brave and proud, decided to fight back. In the town where Andrew lived, the men and teenage boys organized and destroyed a power plant that the Germans relied on to continue their war effort. The men and boys all knew this would cause great hardship on themselves as well, for they also relied on the power from the plant. But the thing they had not counted on was the swift and severe retribution that would come from the Nazi invaders.

 

The next morning, before the sun was even up, trucks rolled into town. Soon, the sound of marching soldiers was heard in the streets. The men and boys of the town, twelve years old and older, were ordered to the town square. Andrew found himself standing in a line with the other men and boys, still trying to wipe the sleep from his eyes.

 

The commanding officer berated them, and told them they were fools to think they could stand against the might of the German army. He told them they were nothing, and their minuscule efforts would not slow down the German war effort, but it would hurt them because a price was going to be paid for their rebellion. He then said that every 20th man in the line would be shot.

 

As each 20th man was pulled from the line and marched away, Andrew looked down the line and started counting. With horror, he realized that he stood in a 20th position. He trembled with fear as the soldiers moved closer and closer to him, and the shots started to ring out at the edge of town where the unfortunate men were being taken.

 

As the Germans continued to move down the line, Andrew could see others counting and their eyes turning to him with a look of pity and concern. Andrew found himself wanting to flee, but too frightened to move. Even if he tried to run, the soldiers on the trucks, with the mounted machine guns, would cut him down before he could get ten yards.

 

But then, in the instant that the last man before Andrew was pulled from the line, the Germans turned their eyes away, and Andrew felt a hand on his shoulder. The hand tightened quickly, and before he knew what had happened, he was jerked forcibly over one spot, and the old man who had been standing next to him moved swiftly to switch positions.

 

Andrew looked up at the silver haired man and the man smiled. Just before he was taken from the line and led away, the old man spoke quietly to Andrew. “Your life is no longer just your own. Live it for both of us.”

 

Andrew watched silently as the old man disappeared from view toward the edge of the village. His heart jumped as the shots sounded, shots that Andrew knew should have been his own. In that instant, tears flowing down his face, he determined he would indeed live his life for both of them. From that day he had tried to live so that the unknown old man would have felt his sacrifice was well repaid.

 

Each time I consider the flags flying by the many graves in the cemetery, thinking back on Andrew’s story, I realized that no one’s life belongs just to them. Each of us owes a debt to many who have paid prices through hardship, hard work, and even the sacrifice of their lives, from which we have benefitted.

 

With the wind gently whipping the flags in the breeze, I, too, renewed my own dedication in how I live my life.

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 (Daris Howard, award-winning, syndicated columnist, playwright, and author, can be contacted at daris@darishoward.com; or visit his website at http://www.darishoward.com)