Nothing is so bad it
couldn’t be worse,
Image: TomiTapio K
Nothing is so bad it
couldn’t be worse,
Image: TomiTapio K
May you never forget what is worth remembering,
not ever remember what is best forgotten.
Image: Kevin Dooley
The snow and ice are gone.
Everything is back to normal
although some folks still don’t have power,
and that is not good…they are not especially happy.
I would be very cranky.
So all is well…but…
last night we had an earthquake.
It was a 4.1 centered about 60 miles from here.
There was a loud noise and the building sort of vibrated.
No damage and no one hurt.
So all is well.
I have experienced
tornadoes, blizzards, a hurricane, ice storms, and now an earthquake.
I am thankful that I survived them all
with just some inconvenience and no bad stuff.
Wonder what will be next?
Images: 1st and 3rd Google
2nd and 4th mine
Well, here we are again.
Schools and businesses closed today.
It rained, sleeted, and snowed.
It melted a little then snowed, rained, and sleeted.
What we have now is ice.
Is sleeted a real word?
Thankfully, no power outages in this area.
The rain, snow, and sleet is to continue off and on tonight.
What tomorrow will be like is unknown.
It will be icy in the morning but supposed to warm up a bit
and the ice will begin to melt.
Then the temperatures will drop and all the slush stuff will freeze
and Friday morning will probably be icy but the afternoon temps
should be more seasonal and maybe the ice will go away.
One can hope.
I know the pictures don’t look so bad especially to folks with tons of snow
but all that on the road is ice and that is bad.
Wonder if where I work will be open tomorrow?
Wonder if I will go to work tomorrow even if the store is open?
Nice to have the option to stay home but I do have work to do.
Teddy refuses to go outside.
“The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this:
love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love.”
Black Cat Book Review
Miss Brenda and the Loveladies by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell
Brenda Spahn grew up poor, she worked hard, built a successful business, and became rich. She was busy with her family and her business, enjoying the good life and then she almost went to prison. During her legal struggles she prayed and promised God she would change her focus and give of her time, talent, and money to those in need.
She volunteered at the Julia Turwiler Prison for Women in Alabama. What she saw and heard there made her angry and broke her heart inspiring her to make a difference in the lives of at least a few these women prisoners. In spite of the opposition of officials and professionals in the prison system she was permitted to take women being released from Turwiler into her home.
This is the true story of Brenda Spahn and the first year of the Whole Way House. It was not all smooth and easy but it led to the founding of the Lovelady Center that today serves 450 women and children. At the Center the women and children are cared for daily; learning basic skills and receive counselling and rehabilitation, career counselling and job training preparing them for life outside of prison, with homes and jobs and success on their own.
The beginning of Brenda’s story with seven women straight from prison to her home is at times funny and often heartbreaking. She tells of trips to Walmart to buy underwear and toothbrushes and how difficult it was for the women to accept the fact that they didn’t have to wear “white cotton granny pants” anymore and that they could have whatever color toothbrush they wanted. Another anecdote tells of their going to out to dinner for the first time. How the women struggled with the menu and what to order and how to order. And when something frightened them they all hid under the table.
At home there were petty squabbles and childish behavior. The hard to learn lessons of how to eat and enjoy the meal, to do laundry and house-keeping. The lessons of responsibility, accountability, honesty, and trust. All the things we take for granted were new and unknown to them. I couldn’t help but admire their courage as they faced the frightening world of freedom for the first time.
Brenda’s story is not without its ups and downs. There are difficult family decisions to make and neighbors less than happy to have ex-cons living down the street and prison officials waiting for her to fail. There were the times Brenda wondered how it would all work out but she had faith in God and His purpose for her and the women in her care. Miss Brenda loved and respected all the women from the start and they came to love and respect her.
This book was sent to me free of charge by Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.
I was reading an article earlier today in
DailyGood News that Inspires
and here is what I learned and, of course, what I think:
It seems to me that if your life is meaningful than it is happy
and the more meaningful and happy your life is the less you are bothered by illness.
You might get sick but it doesn’t get you down like it does unhappy people.
I am not talking major things but the everyday stuff that gets passed around in families, schools, work.
But maybe they were thinking more of big stuff not the little bugs.
Either way it makes sense to me.
I wonder what is meant by “a little bit happy”.
Maybe they mean contentment.
I am content and happy with the occasional wild spike of happiness.
Works for me.
I know that meditation helps me to calm down when I am feeling stressed.
I didn’t know that meditation changes the genes.
The article also talks about how this can be helpful to people from families of highly stressed people.
It makes sense to me that if you are less stressed you will live longer.
I have no idea if all this is true but I like it.
I’ll go with it.
There is a lot more in the article but I am not really into “scientific” studies
so, truthfully, I sorta skimmed it and took what jumped out at me.
When I read these kinds of articles I find them interesting
but are the people in the study honest in their responses?
I guess that most of them would be
but a few less than honest folks could skew the results.
But maybe not.