Sunday, December 08, 2013
Since I firmly believe laughter is incredible medicine (and that there's way too much bad news shared daily), here are some recent 'lighter side' entries from our local Police Blotter. Enjoy:
A woman walking her dog on ______ Drive claimed
she heard pounding coming from the basement
of one of the homes. Police found that it was the
homeowner’s pet monkey hitting the basement window.
A ______ Road resident told police a man and a woman were
acting suspiciously. The man told police he
and his girlfriend were playing hide and seek.
A resident of _____ Avenue claimed that a neighbor was
shooting arrows in his backyard. The man told
police he was showing his fiance how to shoot arrows and
promised to stop.
A resident of _______ Drive reported a suspicious-looking
man walking around the yard of a neighboring
home. When police questioned the man, he told them he
was looking for his date, who had not shown
A man reported that a woman who was wearing sunglasses
and had blonde hair stopped and stared at
him for a long period of time while he was on ______
Police responded to a report that a man was slumped over in a vehicle parked on ____ Avenue. The man was leaning over to scratch off instant lottery tickets.
A ______ Drive female reported her children were
playing in the house with improvised
A ______ Lane resident reported garbage had been stolen
from in front of the house for the
fourth time in eight months.
A _______ resident flagged down an officer and reported suspicious activity outside a local bar. The officer found a female coloring on the sidewalk with chalk.
Two sisters, ages 22 and 23, were having a loud argument
over bacon in a ______ Road residence.
A road obstruction was reported on _____ Drive. The patrol removed a rake from the road.
An _______ Street female requested a checkpoint on her
house, because her husband would be
out of town, and “strange things happen when he is gone.”
Oh my goodness. Police officers must be very patient people, indeed. (And some people really need to lighten up and get a life. Soon.) :)
Do you like a capella music? Have you had a bad day? Then I'm thinking you may just enjoy this very much. (May take a couple seconds to load.)
Wow. Just wow.
A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed." ... Proverbs 15:13
"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." ... Proverbs 17:22
Friday, December 06, 2013
Something 'for serious':
(Thanks, Judy, for sharing that at Facebook in memory of Nelson Mandella.)
And something for fun ... my yearly posting of this:
There's this verse in Proverbs about four things the author doesn't understand:
"There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
...the way of a man with a maiden."
And here's what Debra would add:
"...and the way people put those silly, gigantic inflatable Santas, snowmen and reindeer on their lawns."
I mean, really. Come on.
Everyday I take my walk around the neighborhood and everyday I see poor ol' Santas sprawled across lawns like spread-eagle pancakes beside their deflated plastic friends.
I don't understand the Christmas cheer of that.
In my mind, I always imagine the abominable snowman at night, tromping across all those lawns, committing mass murder. Or that Santa and his friends got so cold, they decided to impale themselves rather than take one more long, freezing night while having to keep those goofy grins upon their faces.
It's like, what are people thinking? Who wants to blow-up gigantic plastic characters over and over only to wake up in the morning and discover them strewn, pancake-style across the lawn--again? Or see half-inflated Santa and friends tossing in the wind, appearing like they're writhing in pain?
Not me, anyway.
So I guess, like Solomon, there are just some things which must be too amazing for me to understand, as well. :)
Here's some good news.... By way of radio, tv and the Internet, I've already heard the word 'Christmas' spoken more than I did the whole holiday season last year... yay!
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Thursday, December 05, 2013
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work." ... 2 Corinthians 9:8
So I read an article last week which horrified me. Gah. A Christian woman gave excuses and Bible verses, even, why she believes poor people can't help but be poor and why wealthy financial advisors (specifically) just don't understand poor people and 'never the twain shall meet.'
Oh, the excuses!
In fact, I felt so horrified that, afterward, I rushed here to my blog and read through lots of my posts, searching to see if they, too, contained such blame and hopelessness. And you know? If I'd found much of that, I just may have shut this thing down. Forever.
I mean, how helpful would I be if I spread tales that God prefers His kids to be poor and unable to give to the needy or pay their own bills? (Actually He tells us to owe no man anything but love.) What kind of a parent would I be if I preferred that Naomi struggle financially? Am I spreading hope if I write an article (as this woman did) citing 'logical reasons' that poor people eat only bad food because it's cheaper and cannot exercise because they can't afford gym memberships?
Uh, no. (What about becoming a coupon/shopping/nutrition expert or exercising at home or walking around your block?)
Maybe it's a clash of personality types or something, I don't know. But whenever I read this sort of thing (which is, sadly, often) it wakes me up at night. I find myself preaching in my dreams and to my pillow, nearly.
How dreadful, that we-can't-help-it-cuz-we-are-victims attitude. It stops all good things.
Ever since I was a (strange) little kid, I'd read 'how to' articles and search in them for ways I could better myself. If a piece gave ways to improve my speaking voice, I'd practice those steps rather than whine, "This advice won't help my sorry voice."
Rather than thinking, "I'll just have to wait until I'm grown-up before I can have a nice room," I'd rearrange my bedroom similarly to magazine photos, craft an odd looking dressing table or ottoman--then step back and feel enchanted by the new look.
Later, when I read articles about how to supplement your husband's income, I'd choose the ideas which I was capable of. I never tossed them aside, muttering, "That writer just doesn't understand my own sorry personal circumstances."
I'd do a sort of "separating the chaffe from the wheat" thing rather than throw-out the whole article if I disagreed with one or two points.
Never lose your imagination and a can-do spirit! And always believe that God is a father who provides for His kids (because He does). Never let anything or anyone snatch your faith. And please, please don't sit on your couch wishing things were better or waiting for them to just get worse.
Pro-activity and always believing for the best and making choices rather than excuses! That is my advice today...
... and now that I've written this, perhaps I can stop waking-up in wee hours, preaching to my poor ol' pillow.
"If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" ... Matthew 7:11
"Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you." ... Proverbs 4:6
"I have been young, and now am old, yet I've not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread." ... Psalm 37:25
God is a wonder at showing us how to create what we need or want ... if we'll listen to and prefer His ways, ideas and techniques.
Never give-up on something God started!
All day long, if you must, repeat, "I can do this! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
"Complain and remain." ........ Joyce Meyer