Religion, Politics, and The Great Pumpkin

#ACSN2014 – Great love the pictures nice post Donna 🙂


Halloween19Halloween crawls inexorably toward us, a wild beast about to attack with treats, costumes, and decorations, horror movies and specials.

As I re-watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for like the millionth time (sadly, this may not be as much of an exaggeration as it should be), this time I’m trying to see it through the eyes of a child, today. So with that in mind, I’m putting aside the symbolic struggle represented for those whose beliefs are in the minority, as with certain religions, theories, or Linus and his Great Pumpkin; also, everything I’ve learned from this, including parts that, at times, seem a bit weird. Here are a few older posts that look into that.

Do children now really like these older classics or are we transferring our fond memories to them, assuming they’ll like them as much as we did? Are they humouring…

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White Flowers At Night


Needing a wall of protection? Stand behind God’s Word

janjoy52 As for God, His way is perfect! The word of the Lord is tested and tried; He is a shield to all those who take refuge and put their trust in Him.


God says when we trust in Him He will give us wings to fly above our circumstances like the eagle.  He will give us His perspective that will enable us to soar like the eagle. Isaiah 40:30


When we look to God and rely on His Word He promises to lead us and show us the way .  Jesus said we will have trials and hard times in this world but cheer up, have heart and be encouraged because He has overcome this world.  John 16:33


Jesus said He is THE GOOD SHEPHERD (John 10:14).  He leads us beside quiet waters to restore our souls (Psalm 23).  He leads us to green pastures.  The grass is never…

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Lulu's Musings

tablescapeA couple of weeks ago this table, inspired by a beautiful arrangement from a wedding reception, was posted.  What I liked about it is that it uses some of my favorite things, a vintage French cloth and cranberry dishes from the 1940s, so why not use them again?

tablescapeToday, the flowers are all but gone, however, being one who recycles as much as possible, I plucked the ones with life left and arranged them in individual vases surrounded again by the pears. 

tablescapeMaking a few changes is a quick and easy way to prepare a table for guests, and I confess to doing that often, especially when I like a particular look.  Here, the napkin is off to the side and the cup and saucer is on the plate for a first course soup.

tablescapeWine glasses are added,

tablescapeand voila, a new table is created with minimal effort.  I don’t know about…

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Sighs on Spanish Steps

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

say something
many things
are not said
when passions are high
let sighs, speak
and we listen
to symphony of love

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Empire State Express

Milford Street

Empire State Express

We were meeting our nieces at Boston’s South Station and saw this very cool private rail car on one of the tracks.

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Storia illustrata

Where Has Our Humanity Gone?


Actually, this is not a  new situation,  In ancient texts there is a story of the “Good Samaritan. ” He was an outcast in society who was  totally shunned by the leaders of the time. As he was travelling, he saw a man, along the side of the road, who had been robbed, beaten, and left for dead. Two prominent religious leaders had simply ignored the man in need by walking on by.  The Good Samaritan, though, felt pity and compassion, helping the man onto his donkey and taking him to an inn.  Out of his own pocket, he paid for care and promised to return and pay for further expenses.

Now to the video. . . . it is easy to look on with disdain and criticize another culture for  their lack of value for human life.  It is startling and touches home to ask about our own conduct…

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Londonderry. . . . . Derry Ireland

#ACSN2014 – Nice post Anne and love the vid’s 🙂


Londonderry, ulster, ireland-map

Derry or Londonderry  was to be a night stopover on our way to the Giant’s Causeway when we were in  Ireland in the summer of  2010.  What a surprise to have it worm its way into our hearts.  David plans our trips as to not waste a moment.  I whine that I am tired and he says, “Anne, you can rest and sleep at home!”  Later, remembering  the amazing sites we visit , I am glad.

We stayed almost exclusively in B&B during our time in Ireland. David booked them on line and  there were no bad experiences. I love talking to people who live where we are visiting, having them recommend places to see and experience and to have at least a home cooked breakfast in the morning.

We stayed in a simple home row house on the outside of the walled entrance to Derry. I don’t have a…

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Bogside, Derry



As we ate our proper Irish breakfast in the small dining room of our B&B, I struck up a conversation with the woman who had come  and cooked for us. While I am always happy to share my story, I love talking to people , learning their life  as well.  She started telling us rather tenuously about her family’s life during “The Troubles.” She recalled the Sunday morning of “Bloody Sunday” when she was a wee girl. Her older brother had set out for the center of town  and he never came home again.  Tears filled her eyes as she remember that adored older brother.  She was careful not to say negative things about the English and always to call the history of Derry using “The Troubles”  She remembered the pain and tears of her mum at losing her oldest son.  This was our introduction to the life of the…

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