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March 31, 2008

CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE (or in cars alone)

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CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE

(or in cars alone)

This post raises many questions about child safety, as does another issue: children “left” alone in cars. Recently a mother left a sleeping child in a car, within her sight, while she took two older children to drop coins in a nearby Salvation Army kettle. The article related that moments later she was arrested and the focus of a police investigation and a state child welfare agency. Bloggers apparently are debating whether she was negligent or whether the police overstepped their bounds. What do you think? Leave your comments below.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,337012,00.html

http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/wireStory?id=4445064

Five Pittsburgh children ages 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 died in a 1:30 a.m. fire recently.

Two 8-year olds survived. There was no adult in the home at the time of the fire, allegedly caused (more…)

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March 29, 2008

HOT DOG LIMERICKS

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In 2006 I dared submit three limericks to the limerick contest sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Writers. They sponsor this contest each year for their Hot Dog Fest, a winter picnic, where they honor a writer with an award. Below are my three entries (which didn’t win anything, but nonetheless were written).

No ant. No sunburn. No log.
No water, way down (more…)

AQUILA AND PRISCILLA: A Script on their Marriage

Genesis provides two human creation stories. In Genesis 1 God creates humans, male and female, to be fruitful and multiply. The Genesis 2 version relates it a little differently—Adam is created first and then Eve is created from his rib.

Which ever way we read the Scripture, either as man and woman being created as equal partners or the man being created first and the woman second, we have a sense that God puts married couples together to be a team, a team that is challenged to be fruitful and multiply. The marriage of Aquila and Priscilla is an example of a relationship that personifies teamwork.

Below is a radio script my husband Monte and I presented while living in Connellsville, PA.

Tom: Aquila and Priscilla—they’re a couple that doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but they are mentioned in a number of places as a team.

Sue: The names sort of rhyme, don’t they? A rhyming pair of names like that ought (more…)

March 27, 2008

TIMES CHANGE: FROM A KITCHEN TO AN OFFICE GRANDMOTHER

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TIMES CHANGE:

FROM A KITCHEN TO AN OFFICE GRANDMOTHER

     Ahhh…the scents of days past…of grandmothers’ kitchens emitting odors of fresh-baked peanut butter cookies and apple pies, served to grandchildren at the kitchen table before they went out to play under the old apple tree.

Times change. My granddaughter and I eat cookies and pies at a restaurant before proceeding to an office filled with the scent of newspaper ink and stale cigar smoke.

We never bake cookies together—my baking days quit when my children left home. I’ve moved on to another of my nine lives in which I don’t have the time or the inclination to bake.

My granddaughter was a mere infant when I cared for her at regular times.  This threw me into the world of the working (grand)mother. Thus I packed my papers, my laptop, my camera and other office paraphernalia in one arm. The other arm held the diaper bag, the formula and the blankets that would protect her from the dirty carpet in the office.

Never did I dream I would be a “working grandmother” who didn’t supply my grandchild with the scents of baking. What scent will she remember me by? The scent of newspaper ink and remnant cigar smoke?

One can only guess how she will be with her own grandchildren. Hopefully she will reverse the trend and return to the days of wonderful kitchen smells. Lord knows I won’t.

March 26, 2008

THE SMART CAR: IS IT SAFE ON AMERICAN ROADS?

WHAT WAS THAT?

We were zipping south on New York State Rt. 81 at a pretty good pace when what should go zipping by?…It couldn’t be…Surely it was NOT!…But it WAS… It was a (more…)

March 25, 2008

DRUNK DRIVER—OR NOT? Passing a Sobriety Test

How many times have you been pulled over for drunk driving—when you haven’t been closer to an alcoholic beverage than the foot to the crest of Mt. Washington?

It’s happened to me twice.

I may not be a tea-totaller, but (more…)

March 22, 2008

SHALOM! MY LORD AND MY GOD! The Easter Story as told by Mary

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SHALOM! MY LORD AND MY GOD!

The Easter Story as told by Mary

COME, GATHER ‘ROUND ME, YOUNG AND OLD:
THE EASTER STORY WILL BE TOLD!

     In long, long ago times, a special baby was born.
I’d love to share that birth story with you—the miracle of birth itself, the struggles, hopes and dreams of and for this special baby—but that is the Christmas story.
We are here today to hear the Easter story.
Not the story about

(more…)

March 21, 2008

GENERATIONS OF BLESSINGS #26

GENERATIONS OF BLESSINGS

 

SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 5:10     “but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (NIV)

REFLECTION: An interview with Lieutenant Mary Powell of the Pennsylvania State Police alerted me to this scripture. She used it in reference to genealogical research.

Lt. Powell feels really blessed. Her faith is strong, reinforced by a faith healing as a child. But she doesn’t stop there.

“I would like to know who (my ancestral) Christians were that the Bible says about, ‘I will bless you for a thousand years. The generations of blessings (more…)

March 19, 2008

THE UNICORN: MYTH OR REALITY?

Its beauty is beyond comprehension and its boundless strength prevents its capture, according to literature through the ages. Authors from many cultures affirm its existence yet there are those who claim the beast is merely a myth.

Who could question the existence of such a universal historical beast? (more…)

March 18, 2008

DARE TO BE A CLOWN: Clown History

In America, the first clowns were circus clowns, often sent ahead of the circus with promotional material. Their function was to attract audiences. Under the big top, they worked as time-fillers, tension-relievers between dangerous acts and as distracters who kept the audience from watching scene changes. They made it possible for the audience to enjoy the show.

 

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Many still perform the same duties today, though their status level has risen considerably. In the old days clowns were very (more…)

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