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

Originally uploaded by karing1960@sbcglobal.net.

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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Emerald Arborvitaes in our front yard

Originally uploaded by karing1960@sbcglobal.net.

With the beautiful spring-like temperatures we have been experiencing the past two weeks, Mike and I have been bitten with the planting bug. Last weekend and the one before, we visited nurseries and found several beautiful plants that we really liked. One of them is called Emerald Arborvitae.   The emerald green arborvitae is an evergreen tree with bright emerald green foliage. The emerald arborvitae can reach a height of thirty feet and have a spread of about eight to ten feet. They make an excellent screen, and can grow at a rate of about four feet per year. When young, the emerald arborvitae has a bright green color to its foliage which darkens as the plant ages. We decided to purchase 9 of these lush green plants. Right now, they are only about 3-1/2 feet tall. We have them in different areas of our front yard. Since we like to name things, we have given them the names of the nine fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (self control). We hope that these plants will grow and thrive and that we will grove and thrive spiritually as well.

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Today I had some unplanned time with my two sissies, Carol and Annie. Annie was coming over to practice a song with our brother Tommy. Tomorrow they are going to be singing “Always Triumphant” in the morning church service. It just so happened that my other sister, Carol, and her daughter Jen, were on their way to Fairfield to do some shopping. They dropped by, and we were blessed with a short time of fun and fellowship together. Annie had also brought her 19-month-old daughter Abby. It is not everyday that the three of us sissies are able to get together, so this was kind of an unexpected treat. What a blessing it is to have family to love, cherish and just have fun with.

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I’m A Baby Boomer!

Recently I learned that I am a Baby Boomer!  I couldn’t believe it!  All these  years, I thought I was too young to be in that generation.  But according to Wikipedia, Baby boomers were those born between the 1940’s – 1960’s…namely 1946-1960.  I was born in 1960, so I just slipped under the wire!  Whew!  I don’t know if I should be happy or sad.  And Jeremy, our son who just turned 25, is an Echo Boomer!  Below is a table of U.S. Generations going back as far as the late 1500’s.  See if you can find your generation and let me know if you feel that generation’s mentality is true for you.  I’d love to hear from you.


U.S. Generations
* = dates disputed, ^ = Strauss and HoweThis box: view  talk  edit



^Puritan Generation


Puritan Awakening


^Cavalier Generation
^Glorious Generation
^Enlightenment Generation
^Awakening Generation


First Great Awakening


^Liberty Generation
^Republican Generation
^Compromise Generation


Second Great Awakening


Transcendentalist Generation
^Transcendental Generation
^Gilded Generation
^Progressive Generation


Third Great Awakening


^Missionary Generation
Lost Generation
Interbellum Generation
G.I. Generation
Greatest Generation


Jazz Age


Beat Generation
Silent Generation
Baby Boomers
Generation Jones


Consciousness Revolution


Generation X
^13th Generation
MTV Generation
Boomerang Generation


Culture Wars


Generation Y
^Millennial Generation
Echo Boom Generation
Internet Generation
New Silent Generation

*1990s or 2000s-?


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