Memorial Day

mike and brandy:

Thank you for this. This was a well thought out and well expressed article on the Idolatry of Patriotism. From a Christian perspective, I agree and wholeheartedly support both your conclusions and prospective solution. Share it widely. -mike

Originally posted on The Grace of God :

There was a time when days like this gave me vaguely fuzzy feelings for reasons I did not fully understand.  Somewhere, someone had “died for me,” and because they made the ultimate sacrifice, I was now “free.” It sounded pretty amazing. Sentimental parallels have been drawn between these combat soldiers and Jesus. I now know that this is as appropriate as drawing sentimental parallels between Jesus and the antichrist.

When I was converted, the love of God was shed abroad in my heart in a powerful way. I had been the antagonist, the rebel against God’s law and kingdom. I had done what was right in my own eyes for a long time; thus I deserved to be destroyed. But God became a man who died to redeem me, and then He patiently sent ambassadors to draw me into fellowship with Him. Why?  What difference does one stubborn human…

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Monday Reset: Edward Thomas… Rain


Rain, midnight rain, nothing but the wild rain
On this bleak hut, and solitude, and me
Remembering again that I shall die
And neither hear the rain nor give it thanks
For washing me cleaner than I have been
Since I was born into this solitude.
Blessed are the dead that the rain rains upon:
But here I pray that none whom once I loved
Is dying tonight or lying still awake
Solitary, listening to the rain,
Either in pain or thus in sympathy
Helpless among the living and the dead,
Like a cold water among broken reeds,
Myriads of broken reeds all still and stiff,
Like me who have no love which this wild rain
Has not dissolved except the love of death,
If love it be for what is perfect and
Cannot, the tempest tells me,

7 January, 1916

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Memorial Day: A Day of Mourning not Celebration

War is not Glorious and The Dead are not Martyrs…

… “We are the Dead” (from “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae) Continue reading

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Lord’s Day: Poetry for Mary and Her Lamb…

A Tale of Two Marys and a Bunch of Us Sheep

In honor of both Mary Sawyer and Sarah Hale. Who gave us in 1830 this wonderful Fairy Tale from which I digress and expand upon it’s application. May we all see past the Fairy Tale to the Truth. -mike

Mary, Jesus, Us and Purpose

Mary was a little lamb, her fleece was white as snow.

So they said she’d known no man, her virtue widely known.

‘Til that day by table side she received her Invitation,

Of godly women, her Mother even, she’d made her Imitation.


So Mary grew to proper age, tho’ not quite sure the Season.

The Angel came and beckoned her, for “Jesus was the Reason”.

startled then as we are now, the girl first begged for pardon,

The Angel’s words the Virgin heard, the Solution for The Garden


The rest is “Hist’ry”, as  some might say, Messiah’s come and gone,

“Soon to Return” some future day, to ‘finish’ what was Done

but what of Now, and what of Then, are we just to wait?

across the ages, set apart from men, ’til Then be separate?


Thus to “live and move and have our being” as ones who’ll be removed,

or will we “grow and learn and keep on seeing”, the needs of those around?

What if Mary never lived, the Lamb was just a Tale,

Messiah never having come, and all we have is Now?





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Summer Diet and Exercise Tips

mike and brandy:

Great article and tips. Enjoy the day. -mike

Originally posted on The Zeit:


Summer Diet and Exercise Tips

By Michele the Trainer

1. Take more walks

With warmer days, morning and evening bring nice opportunities to walk outside more.  Don’t forget to bring along some water

2. Try Aquatic Fitness!

Find your local indoor or outdoor pools.  Change it up and workout in the pool! Remember you still have to hydrate even in an inside pool.  Outside pools of course require hats and sunscreen.

3. Hello Hydration!

Your body loses water when you sweat!  Summer makes us sweat more, so to prevent dehydration, which can cause cramping, we have to be more mindful of hydration.

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Turtle Day Video from Roxi’s post…

Sheesh… “How many Bloggers does it take to post a Video of Turtles?”

Here’s the video that wouldn’t translate over for me on the Reblog. Enjoy the Day. -mike

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Sabbat Rest: Reblogging Roxi’s “It’s World Turtle Day!” Video

mike and brandy:

Check this out in the Videos section of Roxi’s Blog. While you are there, check out her other Amazing stuff. Enjoy the day. -mike

Originally posted on Roxi St. Clair:

May 23 is World Turtle Day, celebrating the tortoise and the turtle. Started by the American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) in 2000, the annually celebrated day shines a spotlight on care, conservation and awareness of the oldest living reptiles in the world.

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