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    Patty Rae: Older sister sends email

    Monday, October 26, 2009, 4:22 PM [General]

    THE OLD
    PHONE ON THE WALL.  HELLO


    When I was a young boy, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood.. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it.

    Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was "Information Please" and there was nothing she did not know. Information Please could supply anyone's number and the correct time.
     

    My personal experience with the genie-in-a-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer, the pain was terrible, but there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy.
     
    I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway. The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the parlor and dragged it tothe landing. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear.
    "Information, please" I said into the
    mouthpiece just above my head.
     
     
    A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear.
     
    "Information."
     
     
    "I hurt my finger..." I wailed into the phone, the tears came readily enough
    now that I had an audience.

    "Isn't your mother home?" came the question.

    "Nobody's home but me," I blubbered.
     

    "Are you bleeding?" the voice asked.
      
    "No,"
    I replied. "I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts."
    "Can you open the icebox?" she asked.
     
    I said I could.
     

    "Then chip off a little bit of ice and hold it to your finger," said the voice..
     

    After that, I called "Information Please" for everything.. I asked her for
    help with my geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math.
      

    She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts.
      
    Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary, died. I called,
      

    Information Please," and told her the sad story. She listened, and then said things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was not consoled. I asked her, "Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?"
     
    She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, " Wayne, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in."
      

    Somehow I felt better.
     

    Another day I was on the telephone, "Information Please."
     
     
    "Information," said in the now familiar voice. "How do I spell fix?"
    I asked.
     
     
    All this took place in a small town in thePacific Northwest . When I was nine years old, we moved across the country to Boston . I missed my friend very much.
    "Information Please" belonged in that ol d wooden box back home and I
    somehow never thought of trying the shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me..
     

    Often, in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.
     


    A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about a half-hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and said, "Information Please."
     


    Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well. 
     
     
    "Information."
     
     
    I hadn't planned this, but I heard myself saying,
    "Could you please tell me how to spell fix?"
     

    There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, "I guess your finger must have healed by now."
     

    I laughed, "So it's really you," I said. "I wonder if you have any
    idea how much you meant to me during that time?"
     


    I wonder," she said, "if you know how much your call meant to me.
     
     
    I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls." 
     

    I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister.
     

    "Please do", she said. "Just ask for Sally."
      
    Three months later I was back in Seattle .  A different voice answered,
     
    "Information."
    I asked for Sally.
     
    "Are you a friend?" she said.
     

    "Yes, a very old friend," I answered.
     
     
    "I'm sorry to have to tell you this,"She said. "Sally had been working part time the last few years because she was sickShe died five weeks ago."
     
     
    Before I could hang up, she said, "
    Wait a minute, did you say your name was Wayne ?" "
     
    Yes." I answered.
     
     
    "Well, Sally left a message for you.
    She wrote it down in case you called.  
    Let me read it to you."
     
     
    The note said,
    "Tell him there are other worlds to sing in.
    He'll know what I mean."
     
    I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant. 
     

     
    Never underestimate the impression you may make on others..
     
    Whose life have you touched today?
     
    Why not pass this on? I just did....
     
    Lifting you on eagle's wings.
    May you find the joy and peace you long for.
     
     
    Life is a journey... NOT a guided tour.
     
     
    I loved this story and just had to pass it on.
                                I hope you enjoy it too.

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    Repost: Dry Wall Building

    Monday, October 26, 2009, 10:12 AM [General]

    REMEMBER WHEN WE BUILD WALLS AROUND OUR LIVES TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM PERSONAL INJURY..WE ALSO BLOCK OUT FRIENDS AND THOSE WHO TRULY CARE. A LITTLE PAIN NOW.....BUT THE RETURNS FOR PATIENCE , MERCY, AND PERSEVERANCE BRINGS TRUST AND LASTING TRUE FRIENDSHIPS.. still learning danandsandycan

     


    Dry Stone Walling

    Old Man Pie™ | MySpace Video

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    Photos are for your enjoyment

    Monday, October 26, 2009, 9:32 AM [General]

     

    RE: photos

    Oct 26, 03:41AM

     

     Danandsandycan,

    Ok,  thankyou, I thought you made them yourself.   I am not going to sell them, I wanted to send to a friend.

    Marie

    Original Message:

    From: Danandsandycan

    Subject: photos

    Sent: Oct 25, 10:31PM

    The photos are from other sights that I visit and copy...You are welcome to copy and paste.....Copy rights would apply if they were to be used for financial gain on your page..Other than that have fun that is why they are there...    Enjoy   danandsandycan

     

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    Holiday Baking: From Multiply.com

    Sunday, October 25, 2009, 8:38 PM [General]

    Aunt Helen's Pumpkin Bread Nov 29, '07 3:37 AM
    for everyone
    Category:     Baking
    Style:     American
    Servings:     Two Loaves

    Description:
    My Mom has made this bread for as long as I can remember around the holidays. It was passed on to her by her Aunt Helen - my Great Aunt. It's yummy! You can half it and adjust the spices to your liking - last time I made it I also only used half the amount of sugar - it was still just as good! For a special touch if you want to use this for a desert, serve with whipped cream on top! Delicious! 

    Ingredients:
    2 c pumpkin
    1 c oil
    3 c sugar
    3 1/2 c flour
    2 t soda
    3/4 t salt
    1 t nutmeg
    1 t cinnamon
    4 eggs
    Chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans) - about 1 cup 


    Directions:
    Mix eggs, oil and pumpkin in med size bowl. 
    Mix all other dry ingredients in separate bowl. 
    Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mix. 
    Add nuts 
    Pour into two well greased loaf pans or for a faster bake - a 13x9 pan
    Bake at 350 F or about 180 C - or until toothpick comes out clean (loaves about one hour - 13x9 about 35-40 minutes) 

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    Repost: How different generations view the Bible: Multiply.com

    Sunday, October 25, 2009, 5:09 PM [General]

     

    Barna's stats on how 'generations view the Bible' Oct 24, '09 9:45 PM
    for everyone
    Category: Other
    According to a new research report released this week by the Barna Group, attitudes about and usage of the Bible vary significantly according to age group. For the purposes of the study, Barna defined the Mosaic generation as those who are 18 to 25, Busters as those who are 26 to 44, Boomers as those who are 45 to 63 and Elders as 64 and older. 

    Barna discovered differences in perception about the Bible, based on age, in the following six general areas: 

    1. Less Sacred. The majority of Americans (84%) see the Bible as sacred, with 90 percent of Elders and only 67 percent of Mosaics having that opinion. 

    2. Less Accurate. While 58 percent of Elders and 46 percent of Boomers believe that the Bible is totally accurate in all the principles it teaches, only 30 percent of Mosaics embrace this view. 

    3. More Universalism. Fifty-six percent of Mosaics agree that the Bible, the Koran and the Book of Mormon all offer the same spiritual truths, compared to 33 percent of Elders. 

    4. Skepticism of Origins. Mosaics and Busters are more likely to be skeptical about the original manuscripts than Boomers and Elders. 

    5. Less Engagement. The younger the person, the less likely they are to read the Bible on a regular basis. 

    6. Bible Appetite. In a departure from the other trends of the study, 19 percent of Mosaics said they would like to increase their knowledge of the Bible while only 12 percent of Boomers and 9 percent of Elders made a similar claim.

    Source: www.barna.org/barna-update/article/12-fa...

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    Blow the Trumpet in Zion

    Friday, October 23, 2009, 9:42 AM [General]

    72% of Americans do not believe Iran will honor commitment to send enriched uranium out of the country; 63% of Americans say they would support “the United States coming to the defense of Israel

    A strong majority of Americans (59 percent) support the U.S. coming to the defense of Israel “if Israel were to strike Iranian nuclear facilities to keep it from getting nuclear weapons, and then Iran attacked Israel in response.” Close to two-thirds of Americans support the U.S. coming to Israel’s defense “if Iran were to use Hamas and Hezbollah to strike Israel militarily, and then Israel attacked Iran in response.” 

    Americans are strongly supportive of strengthening sanctions against Iran, with 80 percent in favor of expanding UN economic and diplomatic sanctions and 74 percent in support of preventing companies that provide Iran with refined petroleum from doing business in the United States. There is also strong support (84 percent) for backing opposition groups in Iran that are working for democracy and human rights. 

    The surveys were conducted jointly by Public Opinion Strategies (POS) and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR) Oct. 4-6, 2009 with 800 registered voters (margin of error: +/- 3.5 percent) and Oct. 12-14, 2009 with 807 registered voters (margin of error: +/-3.45 percent). Historical trend data is from surveys conducted by both POS and GQRR, and includes interviews of adults, registered voters, likely voters and opinion elites.

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    The just sign here: "Obama Care" falls short

    Thursday, October 22, 2009, 12:44 PM [General]

    page A-25 in today’s New York Times to learn about it, but the Senate took its first floor vote on Obamacare yesterday and the White House lost. Big. The NYT reports: “Democrats lost a big test vote on health care legislation on Wednesday as the Senate blocked action on a bill to increase Medicare payments to doctors at a cost of $247 billion over 10 years. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, needed 60 votes to proceed. He won only 47. And he could not blame Republicans. A dozen Democrats and one independent crossed party lines and voted with Republicans on the 53 to 47 roll call.”

     

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    Angels of God are sent to protect and to warn!

    Thursday, October 22, 2009, 9:51 AM [General]

    dan and sandyOnline Now!
    Date: Oct 22, 2009 6:49 AM
    Subject: Angels of God sent to minister protect and to warn
    Body: The Angels of God are servants of the Most High. Their responsibility is to serve and to protect. They are also messengers sent to deliver a generation from pending judgement. We do not pray to them, but there post is as "Ministering Angels" sent to protect the children of the Most High", and to defend His Cause. Do not fear what men can do to you, for your life is precious in His sight. "Do not turn away strangers that come asking for favor and mercy, for in so doing "many have ministered to Angels unaware"..

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    The Steps of the Righteous are Ordered of the Lord

    Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 11:53 PM [General]

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    Thy Word is a Lamp unto my Feet

    Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 2:00 PM [General]

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