Children Christianity/Religion Social

Memories of Mother’s Day 2006

The Mother's Day weekend was a hectic one for me, but filled with joy. It included our driving to the San Diego area on Saturday and my speaking at a luncheon in a restaurant there. Later, we did late afternoon shopping and visited with Andrew and his clan at the temporary church building where on Saturday evening, he gathers up the homeless in La Mesa and feeds them a meal.

Sunday was a hectic sketch as I was delightfully honored all over the place; trundled off by Jerry to an early morning breakfast, worship service, gifts and kudos at Steve's church, then a church service at Andrew's at 1:00, a big bouquet of flowers, and a child-wrapped gift from Chloe. She beamed as I unfolded the silk scarf she had selected for me.

We drove our 2 1/2 hours to get home in the afternoon, and I believe it was 6:00 or 7:00 when our dear friends, the O'Keefe's arrived, having driven down from the Bay Area. Rebecca had preceded them by a half-hour or so, bearing gifts and a fresh Strawberry pie. We whipped up turkey sandwiches and finished the evening around our table with strawberry juice on our lips, Rebecca, Nathaniel and our dear friends by our side. Quite a day.

Tags: Mother's Day

Medical/Technical Social

You Can Make Another Person Dream

Studies show that you can bring about a dream in another person. One way is by holding an open bottle of perfume under the sleeper's nose. Another is by whistling. A third way is by blowing air across the sleeper's face with a fan. Someone else can also affect the content of a sleeper's dream. For example…

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Christianity/Religion Medical/Technical Social Travel

Majority of Americans OK with NSA Spying

A Washington Post poll shows that the majority (63%) of Americans are okay with the cyber and wiretapping efforts of the NSA. A higher majority are okay if their personal calls were collected by the NSA. Americans are apparently willing to sacrifice privacy for security.

I stand with this majority, for my memory is excellent and I vividly recall the flaming buildings of 9/11. It is indisputable that America has an enemy who wants to murder us and bring down our country. These important computer scans are directed toward detecting patterns with known terrorists, in order to prevent another such attack. Consider that during the past five years, since security has been drastically tightened, we have not been attacked again.

When we go into an airport to board a commercial plane, we are subjected to close scrutiny. We must remove our jackets and take off our shoes. Our purses and carry-ons are X-rayed. Our computer bags and camera cases are hand-checked. Call it an invasion of privacy, if you wish, but when I board the plane, I feel much safer having gone through these sometimes frustrating procedures.

I wish terrorists were not on our soil, nor in our airspace, nor using our phone systems. But a sad fact that we must deal with is: they are.

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Children Christianity/Religion Social Uncategorized

Jerry Prepares for Death

Jerry worked a big part of yesterday on preparing for our deaths. We should have done so sooner, and finally one of our sons said, "Dad, you've got to get this done." Dad knew Son was right, so yesterday Jerry sat down and with the help of the computer, the telephone, his mind, my mind, and various documents, prepared for our deaths.

Oh, it wasn't the important kind of preparation for death: we took care of that many years ago, and keep those documents up to date, remembering John's words in Revelation 20:12: "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." No, Jerry's death work yesterday concerned not our souls, but our stuff.

So, the trust is in place, and after the funerals, documents will be pulled from the files, the children will settle back in their chairs, papers will appear, and click, clack, here, there, to you, to you, to you, and you. And we will be done.

Strange to think about, huh?

Tags: death, preparation+for+death, trusts, Revelation+ 20:12

Medical/Technical Social

Do 15 Things to Live Until Age 129

Live to 129. "Take heed: Your lifestyle choices are very significant. While there is no way to ultimately defy death, that isn't an excuse to start indulging in vices and neglecting your health. There are plenty of ways to keep the grim reaper at bay and many of these "secrets" result in an improved quality of life."


You will want to read the entire article, but I have listed a few pointers here:

1. Don't oversleep

2. Be optimistic

6. Be rich (love this one 🙂 )

7. Stop smoking
12. Laugh   (told you!)

Tags: long+life, live+to+129, smoking, laugh,

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Hey! Science Agrees with the Bible: Laughter is the Best Medicine

A roundup of the science behind laughing. Why we laugh, what it does to our body, and why we need it so much for good health. Oh, and it makes you irresistible to the opposite sex too!


"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22

Ever laugh so much your ribs hurt? I have and is it ever a blessed hurt. I love to laugh and to be around others who do. I like to feel the edges of my mouth widen, my eyes crinkle up, and my shoulders shake with mirth. It delights me to look across the room and see my friends bent double with laughter, or to hear their hoots of joy. New born babies peer into the faces of others, and within a few weeks, a smile slides over that little face, and it is marked down in a book, and the family rejoices. A six-month old in a fit of laughter can stop traffic in a mall; a gaggle of giggling girls may take over a neighborhood; the yelps of laughter from a boys clubhouse stamps as perfect a Summer afternoon.

All along, the Bible has endorsed laughter, all along we have sensed it to be true, and now, this article cites research and observations that confirm the Bible's claims. How about it: Let's make today one of joy and one of laughter. Make you feel better–I promise.

Tags: laughter, Bible, laughter+medicine, Proverbs

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Tragic Mental State of Mothers Who Abort Their Babies

"Those having an abortion had elevated rates of subsequent mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviours and substance use disorders," said the researchers, whose study has been published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology.


Please read this unique and extremely important article in its entirety. The pro-choice director of the study is stunned, but calls the results undeniable. Not to publish the conclusions of this study would be scientifically irresponsible, he added.

I agonize over America and our blatant disregard for human life, the doctor who in cavalier manner thrusts a fetus onto trash heap, the shameless feminist who guides the innocent into disaster. Not a wonder these damaged mothers cast about in mental anguish, gulp down drugs, and take their lives.

God help us all.

Tags: pro-choice, abortion, mental illness, depression, anxiety, suicide, Journal+of+Child+Psychiatry+Psychology

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The Terrible Significance of Disarray in America

At dusk on Saturday evening while I was in San Diego, I drove to a shopping area in Chula Vista and went into a discount department store. I will not name the store, but Wikipedia names it a Fortune 1000 company, and you are likely familiar with it. There are 714 of these stores, located in 26 states and in Guam. The third largest off-price retailer in the US, they carry clothing, footwear, bedding, housewares, jewelry, beauty products and various other items.

I travel a fair amount throughout the United States, and for many years now, have shopped in these stores and others like them. The discounts are large on the moderate to high-end products they stock and the stores are easily accessible and well-lighted. Over the years, my credit cards have racked up thousands of dollars in off-price retail stores.

In recent months–probably over a period of a couple of years–I have noticed a sharp deterioration in the appearance of certain of these stores. A few months ago, in the Bay area of northern California, I was aghast when I walked to the shoe area and saw scores of shoes strewn on the floor, mixed with clothing, toys, books and who knows what else. It was almost unbelievable, and I called Jerry over to look at the wreckage. That store sets in an area of the country that has one of the highest standards of living anywhere. A very modest house costs five to six hundred thousand dollars. We are not talking slums or ghetto here; this is upper middle-class America.

I entered the Chula Vista store on Saturday, took one of the small wheeled carts and began my shopping spree. The entry of the store nicely spotlighted a Mother's Day gift display, and I browsed there a few minutes before pressing to the interior of the store. By the time I arrived at the rear portion of the store, I had selected a couple of items and placed them in my cart. The store was fairly busy, but not overwhelmingly so.

The lingerie section flagged me. The floor beneath these racks that held women's personal items was covered–I say covered–with fallen garments, to the degree that there were layers of clothing, mounds of them on the floor where the women shopped. I watched the shoppers' feet push aside the garments, and occasionally someone would bend down and select an item from the floor.

But it was in the housewares section that I observed such chaos and disarray that it flat stopped me in my tracks. One aisle was utterly filled with lampshades, window blinds and other large items. No one seemed concerned, neither clerks, management, or customers, for that matter. I turned left and saw a deserted shopping aisle–deserted because it was stacked several feet high with pillows, bedspreads and rugs–right down the middle of the aisle. It was impossible to walk there.

It was surreal, especially because no one appeared to think it out of the ordinary. It was as if a bomb had exploded and the shoppers merely continued their shopping, giving no evidence that they observed any disruption, nor heard the explosion, or smelled smoke. I saw no signs of management scurrying to clean up these messes, but saw additional stocking of merchandise, and employees who appeared at ease and who were routinely going about their business. I watched a young man nonchalantly wend his way through piles of stock, as he rolled in a new rack of clothes that within a few hours would no doubt be pitched to the floor.

I parked the shopping cart, went to my car for my camera and prowled the store taking pictures. Two are posted here.
My observations on Saturday extend beyond my jolting experience with an off-price retailer, but go to the tragic mindset of much of America. We are in disarray, our minds and souls are cluttered and lack focus. Too many of us nonchalantly slouch through the day, little moved by the debris surrounding us, and gripped by a deadly malaise that reveals the depth of our crisis.

I will be communicating with the CEO of this company and directing him to this blog. His response should be interesting.

Tags: CEO, disarray+America, shopping, shoppers, off+price+retailer, Chula+Vista, Bay+area, Guam

Christianity/Religion Social Travel

Saturday Shopping in Chula Vista

originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.


Photography Social Travel

Saturday Shopping in Chula Vista II

originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.