Archive for March, 2007

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Last year, we were especially blessed because we had two family reunions; one in California with my family and one in Illinois with Mike’s family.  The fall colors were beautiful in October, and we had a wonderful time celebrating Mom Mester’s 70th birthday.  Notice her hair color. That is all natural; no Lady Clairol!

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Just thought I would try this new photo sharing site to see if it works.  These were pictures taken from our family reunion last September.

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Tradition tells us that one day, a hunter found the Apostle John seated on the ground playing with a tame quail.  The hunter expressed his surprise that a man so earnest should be spending his time so profitlessly.  John looked up and asked, ‘Why is the bow on your shoulder unstrung?’  To this the hunter replied, ‘If kept always taut, it would lose its spring.’  The kindly apostle said with a smile, ‘For the same reason I play with this bird.’

 We must know how to put occupation aside.  In an inaction, which is meditative, the wrinkles of the soul are smoothed away.  “It is not possible for many to have holidays and vacations at seashores or in mountain glens.  We are busy folk, and we must learn the blessed secret of resting just where we are.’  ¾Mrs. Charles Cowman from Streams in the Desert

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I found the following article from the American Family Association to be of interest and concern, espcially since I have family members who homeschool their children.

How would you feel if a group of 15 fully armed police officers walked into your home, grabbed your 15-year-old daughter, and left without telling you where they were taking her? Not only that, but you soon found out that your daughter was being arrested because she was being home schooled, and she would not be allowed to come home until she was placed in a public school!  Click here to view the rest of the article.

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About a year ago, I received a Women’s Health publication from John Muir Health that had a very interesting article in it entitled “Cancer-Causing Cosmetics?”  This article stated that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had recently signed into law the Safe Cosmetics Act, that would, starting in 2007, require any company that manufactures personal care products that contain human carcinogens or reproductive toxins (such as coal tar found in minute amounts in some dandruff shampoos and the phthalates once used in many nail polishes) to report that fact to the state Department of Health Services, which would then post the information online.  California’s legislation is the first of its kind in the nation.  It was closely contested by the cosmetics industry, which says health concerns are unfounded, and hailed by environmentalists, who hope it will spur manufacturers to reformulate products. 

About a month before I had read this article, author Ruth Harvey (formerly Reider) had spoken at our church.  She had mentioned how she had gone into a butcher shop awhile back, and the butcher had told  her how the meat business makes a lot of money from the cosmetic industry.  He said that they buy the slaughterhouse animal waste (i.e. cow brains, ligaments, tendons, skin, bones, etc.) and use it in the manufacturing of their cosmetics. 

While I do not wear cosmetics, and neither do many of my friends, this is a concern for every one of us, as we all use shampoos, perfumes, deodorants, lotions, toothpaste, etc.  I checked out the website below and found that some of the shampoos we used were not in the safest category.  For more info on the pros and cons, click here.

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Deadly Emotions, Paperback 

Did you know that negative emotions can adversely affect your health? Depression, anger, guilt, condemnation, low self-esteem-these are only a few of the lethal toxins that threaten body and spirit. 

Offering a clear definition of deadly emotions-what they are, where they come from, how they manifest themselves, and their effects on the body-Dr. Colbert uses scientific evidence to support his views. He further offers hope in the form of God’s power to deliver readers from these toxins, focusing on the power of forgiveness and repentance, the value of a merry heart, and the joy of the Lord. Finally, Dr. Colbert shares insights on the role nutrition plays in removing the physical toxins that inhibit true health.

 I found this to be a very fascinating and very helpful read.  One of the true accounts in this book was about a 7 or 8-year old girl that had a heart transplant.  She was given the heart of another little girl her age who had been murdered.  Shortly after the transplant, this girl started having nightmares about someone killing her.  Through her dreams, they were able to find and convict the murderer of the other little girl.  To find out more about this book, click here .

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Jen holding her cousin Abby and doing her stylish pose

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I didn’t get to show a picture of Abby in my recent post about all of us sissies getting together. I’m still learning to use Flickr, and it appears you can only download one photo to your post. Here is one of my 15-year-old nice, Jen, holding her cousin Abby who recently turned 19-months. Notice what Jen is wearing and how it all color coordinates. She hasa red chic purse, a red blouse, white blazer, jean skirt and get this…a red polka-dot head band and matching shoes! What a fashion plate my niece can be! I think that this is an obscession or perhaps a sickness when someone has to match and color coordinate all the time. I can say this because I too have the disease! In Dr. Kevin Leman’s book about birth orders, he says that he can tell firstborn women because they are perfectionists and almost always are color coordinated in their dress. Well he certainly has Jen and I pegged. We are both firstborns! My friend Dana is worse than me. She has to have her purses match her outfits also. Well, I am a one or two purse woman. My obscession only goes so far. Anyhow, hopefully they’ll someday find a cure for us.

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