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Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month ~ August
« Last post by Larry Hanna on Today at 09:24:03 AM »
You may have seen this before (I have) but it is certainly worth another read.  I would like to use it as part of a devotional I will give for our Sunday School class a week from Sunday but know I could never get through it without becoming very emotional, as I have just now reading it again. 

Two Choices,
What would you do?....you make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?'
The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning..'

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt.. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. Athe pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.
Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball. The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home. All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

AND NOW A LITTLE FOOT NOTE TO THIS STORY:

We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.

We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the 'natural order of things.' So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.


 
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Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month ~ August
« Last post by Larry Hanna on Today at 07:12:44 AM »
Hi Everyone.  It is another typical August day here in South Carolina.  It is clear and sunny this morning but we are to have a mostly cloudy afternoon and there is a small chance of rain later today.  Our main plans for today are to have our main meal at Ruby Tuesday's.  They still have a $12.99 three course meal offer that we haven't taken advantage of.  On the way home I will run into Aldi's for a few vegetables that Pat forgot to put on the Walmart Online Order.

Yesterday I did pick up the order she had placed at the nearby Walmart.  The nicest young lady brought them out and put them in the car.  She had a great personality and I came home and did the short survey that pertained to the service I had received and I gave her the 5 starts.  This was the first time I had done this.  Before I went to coffee I picked up the prescription for my very, very expensive shampoo.  My part was $56 dollar and the cash price would have been $350.  I am to use it three times a week for 4 weeks.  You have to apply it to the dry hair and wait 15 minutes before showering.  I sure hope this works.  I asked the pharmacist why this was so expensive and she had no idea other than the drug companies basically get to set the price. 

Janet, I have these tiny bumps on my scalp that itch a bit and they scale off.  The PA told me it could be a form of fungi or so something else as it was very difficult to assess.  I was just thankful that the insurance covered most of the cost as would have declined to have the prescription filled if I had been required to pay the complete cost.  We did get the new freezer containers yesterday that are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe and are very sturdy.  Pat didn't think they would hold a quart so we got the measuring cup and filled it with a quart of water and poured into one of them and it was that size plus another 3 ounces. They are basically square cube size.  There were six in the package and we probably wouldn't have room for all of them in the freezer at one time but they will also made excellent refrigerator storage units.  It sounds like Abby's had a very memorable experience this summer and probably was life changing.  So sorry that Darrel is having so much difficulty.  I take it the Xanax is not helping his anxiety.  It is important to have doctors you can trust. 

Carol, I guess they must finally have started using the new VA hospital there in Denver.  There must have been some terrible planning, design and management of the project to have such large overruns.  There was no generic for the shampoo as I had inquired with the Pharmacist a few days ago.  If this doesn't solve the problem I will try to remember the baby shampoo.  I decided to stop using the Alberto VO 5 for men with grey hair for awhile and see if that helps.  Our son did come out for a few minutes yesterday and helped me unload the car.  I just read this morning that one of the women in that New Mexico situation is an illegal that has been in the US for 20 years. 

Jackie, there was a long tribute to Aretha Franklin on the news yesterday.  She did have a very memorable voice.  It is good to see your posting and hope all is well over your way and you are staying cool in the hot weather.   
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Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month ~ August
« Last post by Jacqueline on Today at 04:40:40 AM »
 Aretha Franklin...R. I. P

PRECIOUS LORD........

Lyrics

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I'm weak, I'm lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near
When my light is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When the darkness appears and the night draws near
And the day is past and gone
At the river I stand
Guide my feet, hold my hand
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I'm weak, I'm lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home...   
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Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month ~ August
« Last post by Carol on August 16, 2018, 09:24:42 AM »
Good Day PAT!!! 

Our mornings are now near normal - that means it is cooler and do we ever appreciate it. 

Don may or may not have to go to the new VA building today.  That building is over 5 years in delay and billions over projected cost - for all of us taxpayers to be reminded.  It is a stressful drive too. 

Larry:  That is an awful price.  No generic, I suppose.  An allergist told me to use baby shampoo that is scent-free so that helped.  Your son is priceless. 

Janet:  So sorry about your well problems.  We had a well in Minnesota and the water ran so slow it took an entire day to ever finish the wash.  Shocking in New Mexico that these criminals are being let loose and even more shocking:  the news will not mention their real background.  It makes an unsafe place. 
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Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month ~ August
« Last post by Janet on August 16, 2018, 07:59:32 AM »
My goodness, Larry!  That is really expensive for shampoo!  What problem are you having, that you need special shampoo? I noticed in Garden City they have poles in front wrapped and marked for grocery pickup.  Wouldn't help us much, since it's 60 miles up there!  I should have frozen some of the soup, but didn't think of it at the time.  Next time!  ;)

Abby's summer on her Cru mission was really good.  We just got her final update, and she wrote in glowing terms about it, and how it helped her grow as a Christian and determine to live for Jesus.  Makes us happy!

I did go to my Wednesday time at the Artery yesterday for a while, came home at noon to go to GC.  But I finished a small painting and did another card!  I was up at 3:30, and worked on the painting (yesterday).  After doing my devotions and Bible reading, I went back to sleep for a couple hours.  Darrel had another really bad night last night; no sleep at all.  He's so jittery he doesn't know what to do with himself.  I just gave him about 1/4 of a sleeping pill; will see if that gets him to at least take a nap.  We need a doctor!!  And we do not have one here that we trust.  Not a good spot to be in, especially as we get older.  :(  We will have to go to Lakin, I guess (about 22 miles north).  They have some really nice young, Christian doctors there.  One is the last doctor who took care of Beth, and he always prayed for her each time he saw her.  Wonderful.

Time for the 700 Club!  See you later!
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Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month ~ August
« Last post by Larry Hanna on August 16, 2018, 06:21:50 AM »
Hi Everyone. Our morning starts out overcast but we are to see some sun today as well as clouds and a chance of rain is back in the forecast.  It is suppose to be in the mid 90's this afternoon.  Yesterday was a quiet day here.  Around 4 pm Scott arrived and we visited until it was time to go to dinner at Diablo's.  Once again we all enjoyed our Tex-Mex meal.  He didn't stay very late last evening.  The girls did not join us for dinner.  Today will be my typical Thursday.  I will stop at the Walmart Pharmacy to pick up a new medicated shampoo prescription.  My co-pay on this medication is over $50.  I am staggered that any shampoo can be so expensive and I sure hope it works.  Then I will pick up my friend and we will go to coffee.  After I bring him home I will again stop at the grocery pickup area and pick up the grocery order that Pat placed yesterday.  This will be the first time since this closer Walmart started offering this service.  Scott plans to be here at 11:30 to help unload the car although I told him it was't necessary but he wanted to come and help.  It will be nice to spend a little time with him two days in a row as usually it is only one day. 

I did not sleep very well last night after the first 4 yours.  After laying there for a couple of hours I got up and worked a jigsaw puzzle on my laptop and then went back to bed and slept fitfully the rest of the night.  There was no particular reason but it just was the situation. 

Carol, do you stand in front of your toaster with a plate to try to catch the slice of toast as the toaster flips it out.  It sounds like it is time for a new toaster.  I make Pat's toast in the toaster oven so it doesn't popup.  I do have to watch it carefully but only once have I had to remake the toast as the first slice had toasted too long.  I did see the article about the baker.  I should think any judge would throw this case out of court since the Supreme Court has made a ruling on the matter. 

Janet, I read in the news that in China now they are taking down all of the pictures of Jesus and replacing them with the picture of the current leader of China.  Religious persecution is occurring all over the world against both Christians and Jews.  I was also incensed to see that a judge had bonded out the people from New Mexico that were apparently teaching their children how to become school shooters.  The bond was set at only $20,000.  I agree the recipe does make a lot of the soup but we found it doesn't last very long as our son really likes it and is happy to take any excess home with him.  Pat has ordered some quart size freezer containers to freeze soup or stews in and a quart makes a good meal for us.  She also got 5 more of the divided containers to make our own TV type dinners in.  I hope you can quickly get your water problem fixed.  Glad that the doctor found your ankle was healing although you already knew that. 
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Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month ~ August
« Last post by Janet on August 15, 2018, 06:01:00 PM »
Carol, on TV, they said the baker is being sued again for refusing to bake a cake for a "transgender" guy's "Transition Celebration."  Ugh.  Made up excuse to persecute a good Christian man. They shouldn't even give it the time of day!  He already won at the Supreme Court!!

Toaster gremlins?  We had those once!  They sure like throwing toast on the floor, don't they?

Larry, I keep forgetting to tell you I made the Instant Pot Potato soup! It was good, but makes such a big batch we still have nearly half of it.  Will be handy now, because our well is down, and I cannot cook without water!!
Grrr!  Sure glad I ran the dishwasher and got the laundry done before it broke.  The guys said there is a broken pipe underneath the pressure tank; will probably be a costly repair job.   :-\  I don't know anyone who has as many water problems as we do!  I wish it would just STOP already.

I got my ankle checked today; she said it's healing but is slow because of all the movement in the ankle when I walk.  Said if it were immobilized, it would heal in two weeks, but then I'd have bigger problems!  So I wait some more.

I need to do a couple errands on computer.  See you tomorrow!
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Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month ~ August
« Last post by Carol on August 15, 2018, 10:15:27 AM »
A hailstorm hit our area lightly before everyone - 7 of the quilters) arrived but heavy hail hit in the north end.  It sure did cool the air. 

The toaster is acting up again.  It has been quietly doing its duty for several months and now is throwing one of the slices of bread out on the floor.  Gremlins in the kitchen. 

Did any of you read or hear about the baker in this state who refused to decorate one of his wedding cakes with two groomsmen?  He had to go to court (at an enormous expense to him and his family) and the Supreme Court ruled in his favor.  Would you think that is over.l  Not at all. A group is coming after him - his business once again as they are still demanding he should have made that cake. -- He was so polite, said that he would bake and decorate the cake but not put the images on top.  Not enough - they (a group on a mission) want to make this a landmark case that would force anyone to do the same.  Lots of money is behind this movement. 

If anyone has a site for anti-inflammatory vegan recipes, I would appreciate your guidance.  Thanks

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Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month ~ August
« Last post by Larry Hanna on August 15, 2018, 06:46:22 AM »
Hi Everyone.  We have a day with a zero chance of rain, according to the forecasters, which is pretty unusual this year.  It will get to the mid-90's this afternoon.  We did stay home yesterday and plan to do the same until late this afternoon when we plan on going out to eat.  We will meet Scott, and perhaps the girls, at Diablo's.  We haven't been there for quite awhile and we all like it.  The yard people are out working on the yards this morning.  Yesterday was a day of little accomplishment other than fixing breakfast for Pat and cleaning up the kitchen and then fixed the supper of the stuffed peppers, some salad and some applesauce.  I did finish listening to my audio book and began another one.

Janet, I bet your car felt neglected yesterday.  This evening will be the first time I will have started our car since Sunday morning.  So sorry to read that Darrel doesn't feel he is doing well.  A sensation of feeling like you can't breath right must be very unpleasant. Sorry to see that he wasn't able to stay in bed.    I have not heard anything from Pat Halbach but did send her a Jacquie Larson e-card with a note to let her know she is not forgotten. Hopefully Judy will stop by and give us an update regarding Pat as well as she and John.

Carol, Pat used to make sun tea and it was very good and brownies sound delicious.  Glad you may experience a break in the summer heat.  Thanks for the information on Sitka.  I am sure tourism is a pretty big business for the townspeople.   
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Challenges / Re: Mini Challenge #109 ~ Unlikely Beauty
« Last post by Rebot on August 14, 2018, 11:47:41 AM »
Concrete can be dull, flowers have a way of brightening even the dullest of steps
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