...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Saturday was the Grand Lodge Masonic Leadership Symposium. Good meeting
You can read more about the Leadership Symposium here and here,
Friday, June 29, 2012
Harold Jenkins is such a person:
THIS IS QUOTED FROM HAROLD:
"I've often been asked, 'What do you do now that you're retired?' Well ... I'm fortunate to have a chemical engineering background and one of the things I enjoy most is converting beer, wine, and whiskey into urine. It's rewarding, uplifting, satisfying, and fulfilling. I do it every day, and I really enjoy it."
Harold should be an inspiration to us all.
A farmer goes in half with a friend to buy a bull so he can increase his stock.
A couple of weeks later the friend comes by to see how his investment is doing.
The farmer complains that the bull just eats grass and won't even look at the cows. His friend suggests that a veterinarian have a look at the bull.
The following week his friend returns to see if the vet helped.
The farmer looks delighted: "That bull has taken care of all my cows, broke through the fence, and has even serviced all my neighbor's cows!"
"Wow," says his friend, "what did the vet do to that bull?"
"Just gave him some pills'" said the farmer.
"What kind of pills?" asked his friend.
"I don't know, but they sort of taste like peppermint."An 86-year-old very wealthy man went to his doctor for his quarterly check-up. The doctor asked him how he was feeling, and the 86-year-old said ,'Things are great and I've never felt better. I now have a 20 yr-old bride who is pregnant with my child. So what do you think about that Doc ?'
The doctor considered his question for a minute and then began to tell a story. 'I have an older friend, much like you, who is an avid hunter and never misses a season. One day he was setting off to go hunting. In a bit of a hurry, he accidentally picked up his walking cane instead of his gun. As he neared a lake, he came across a very large male beaver sitting at the water's edge. He realized he'd left his gun at home and so he couldn't shoot the magnificent creature. Out of habit he raised his cane, aimed it at the animal as if it were his favorite hunting rifle, and went 'bang, bang'. Miraculously, two shots rang out and the beaver fell over dead.. Now, what do you think of that ?' asked the doctor.
The 86-year-old said, 'Logic would strongly suggest that somebody else pumped a couple of rounds into that beaver.'
The doctor replied, 'My point exactly.'The man who worked at the watch factory was very funny. He stood about all day making faces.
Propagate - leaving your garden wide open.Its okay to watch an elephant bathe as they usually have their trunks on.
I don't find health-related puns funny anymore since I started suffering from an irony deficiency.
With only one piece of wood, I tried to convince the fire to light by use of a monologue.Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.
It's not that the man did not know how to juggle, he just didn't have the balls to do it.
I couldn't quite remember how to throw a boomerang, but eventually it came back to me
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Good Reads says this about the book:
Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god- king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all—Narmer’s crown—might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer’s is the elusive “double” crown of the two Egypts, supposedly possessed of awesome powers.
The dig itself is located in one of the most forbidding places on earth—the Sudd, a nearly impassable swamp in northern Sudan. Amid the nightmarish, disorienting tangle of mud and dead vegetation, a series of harrowing and inexplicable occurrences are causing people on the expedition to fear a centuries- old curse. With a monumental discovery in reach, Professor Jeremy Logan is brought onto the project to investigate. What he finds will raise new questions . . . and alarm. "
I finished the book this evening. It was a relatively short book (320 pages) but the reason that I finished fast was because it was what is called a "page turner" one that you don't want to put down. Well written and it kept my interest all the way through....(well duh Jay you already called it a page turner, now you are stating the obvious) and it has an ancient Egyptian theme - one I have always been interested in with a twist at the end. I am going to recommend it to you if you want a good, summer read by a fine author. I am going to explore his other books.
I had planned to go to Des Moines to see a movie at the Fluer theater that ends on Thursday but decided to put it off until Wednesday because I really wanted to finish the book.
Have a great day and Happy Reading.. God I love being retired!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Then this afternoon I saw Dr. Snider who looked my skin over and pronounced me good to go for another year. I always worry but not too much. She is good and really nice (and beautiful). We made a date for next year also.
Then I was sitting at home and James called. It was his
birthday and he was getting a group together to go out to eat. As it happened I was just thinking about what to have for supper. On my way back from Dr. Snider I had driven past a Mexican Restaurant and thought that I had not eaten there for quite awhile. So I was predisposed to go there and his invitation was serendipitous. So James and Naomi and Stephen and Meghan (or Megan?) and I got to eat together. It was really nice. Good company and great food and I had a Margarita.
I stopped at the liquor store this afternoon and purchased a bottle of Booker's Bourbon. I also got a bottle of Iowa Bourbon. I have heard that the Bookers is a really fine drink and I love the Iowa stuff so I am set for awhile.
I started an new book. I am still reading the Lyndon Johnson book but it is too heavy to carry around so I picked up one of the novels waiting around for me. I may finish it before I go back to the biography. I got into it quickly and am pretty sure I want to finish it fast. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs from Molly and Me. Oh speaking of Molly I am thinking of getting her a companion puppy. Somebody to play with when she gets bored.
Monday, June 25, 2012
It's been a quiet week. Miles was over and that was fun. BG forgot to get pictures.
He took some pictures of me doing my "stuff"
I can wag my tail..
He should have taken a movie..
He makes me roll over but I don't quite make it all the way.
He played around with the camera effects on iPhoto. I am not sure I like this one.
|He tried to get a picture of me doing a "Give me ten." but it didn't come out well.|
He gives good ear rubs.
I am always excited to see him.
Cassie loves him also
He told the BG that he successfully defended his final requirement for his Master's Degree and now has multiple degrees.
Woopie! The BG and I are very proud of him.
He could be a High School Teacher now but is going to Arizona to pick up a Doctorate. We are going to miss him.