...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.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Molly on Monday

Molly here,

I have had an exciting (for me) week this week.

First of all Brandon came over to fix the light switch in the bathroom.  He brought his son Dakota with him.  I liked seeing them.  They are nice and give me pets.





We also had some rain this week.  I got underneath B G's feet and snuggled up under his blanket.



I sat up on B G's lap stared out the window to see if was all clear.

I still like sleeping on my couch.  It is comfy and I can keep an eye on B G.
B G.  took a picture of Miss Cassie that he and I think turned out rather nice. You can see how mean she looks  (kidding) -
B G came looking for me and found me in his antique chair that is in the office.  I had never sat on it before (he had it covered with boxes and junk.)
Sunday morning I heard a noise above my head.  I was being scolded by this thing.
You can see how high he was.
I don't know how it can sit up there.  Way to high for me.  B G says it is called a skwerrel.  I am not to fond of it.

Everybody - thanks for stopping by to read my blog and have a big WOOFEY week.

Molly

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pictures from the Iowa College S.R.I.C.F meeting.

After listening to an excellent paper by Frater Jason we adjourned to the Chicago Speakeasy for my favorite part of the evening.  Fine dining with good friends.  I think a great time was had by all.








Sunday

“Most of the people I know who have what I want–which is to say, purpose, heart, balance, gratitude, joy– are people with a deep sense of spirituality. They are people in community, who pray, or practice their faith; they are Buddhists, Jews, Christians– people banding together to work on themselves and for human rights. They follow a brighter light than the glimmer of their own candle; they are part of something beautiful.”
-Anne Lamott from Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith 
 “Take time first to be holy. Don’t let a day go by without meditation and prayer for some definite purpose, and not for self, but that self may be the channel of help to someone else. For in helping others is the greater way to help self.” (Edgar Cayce reading 3624-1)

As the light of dawn awakens earth's creatures
and stirs into song the birds of the morning
so may I be brought to life this day.
Rising to see the light
to hear the wind
to smell the fragrance of what grows from the ground
to taste its fruit
and touch its textures
so may my inner senses be awakened to you
so may my senses be awakened to you, O God.

Celtic Benediction
 You transform all who are touched by you.

Rumi
 An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

~Buddha

Don't worry that your life is turning upside down.
How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?

Rumi

Everything on Earth is alive;
Everything on Earth has purpose;
Everything on Earth is connected;
Everything on Earth is to be embraced.
~ Native wisdom

Except for Love nothing you see will remain forever.

Rumi

It is not the road ahead that wears you out -- it is the grain of sand in your shoe.

~ Arabian Proverb

You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success - none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.
Ram Dass, Love Serve Remember

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Something Yummy for Saturday





Mystery Torte
(Submitted by JoAnn Cole Peterson)



16             Ritz crackers, chopped
2/3 cup     Pecans or walnuts, chopped
3               Egg whites, beaten stiff
½  tsp       Baking soda
1   cup      Sugar
1tsp      Vanilla
          TOPPING
½ pint   Cream
              Chocolate, (bitter or sweet)shaved
Procedure
1   In a large bowl, mix Ritz crackers and nuts.
2   In another bowl. Mix: beaten egg whites, baking powder and sugar (sifted together), and vanilla.
3   Pour into lightly greased 8 inch pie pan.
4   Bake:  350°, 30 minutes.
5   Cool.
6   TOPPING
7   Whip cream and sweeten to taste.
8   Spread on cooled torte.
9   Top with shaved chocolate and more chopped nuts.

10  Chill 3 hours or as long as all day.
Addendum:  Someone complained about the recipe. Here is a set of directions for those who are not sure of what to do.
Sift together baking powder and sugar. Beat egg whites until stiff and gradually add baking powder/sugar mixture. When whites are almost stiff, fold in nut and cracker mixture all at once. Add vanilla. Pour into greased 8" pie plate. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool. Whip the cream, sweeten with sugar and vanilla. Spread over entire top of cooled torte. Refrigerate overnight or at least 3 hours. Garnish with chocolate curls, chopped nuts, or fresh fruit just before serving. Cut in 8 wedges.



Lucetta Underwood's Vanilla Dessert 
(Submitted by Ellen Cole)

1  cup   Cream
½ cup   Sugar
½ tsp   Vanilla
Procedure
1   In large mixing bowl, whip cream.
2   Fold in sugar and vanilla.
3   Freeze.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Found For Friday

High School Exam Question 

 Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, 'Name seven advantages of Mother's Milk.’ 
The question was worth 70 points or none at all. One student, in particular, was hard put to think of seven advantages. 

However, he wrote: 
 1. It is perfect formula for the child. 
 2. It provides immunity against several diseases. 
 3. It is always the right temperature. 
 4. It is inexpensive. 
 5. It bonds the child to mother, and vice versa. 
 6. It is always available as needed. 

 And then the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang indicating the end of the test, he wrote: 

 7. It comes in two attractive containers and it's high enough off the ground where the cat can't get it.    He got an A.


These are classified ads, which were actually placed in U.K. Newspapers:
FREE YORKSHIRE TERRIER.
8 years old,
Hateful little bastard.
Bites!
FREE PUPPIES
1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbor's dog.


FREE PUPPIES.
Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd.
Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.
COWS, CALVES: NEVER BRED.
Also 1 gay bull for sale...


JOINING NUDIST COLONY!
Must sell washer and dryer $100..
WEDDING DRESS FOR SALE ..
Worn once by mistake.
Call Stephanie.


FOR SALE BY OWNER.
Complete set of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 45 volumes.

Excellent condition, $200 or best offer. No longer needed, got married, wife knows everything.
Thought from the Greatest Living Scottish Thinker--Billy Connolly."If women are so bloody perfect at multitasking, How come they can't have a headache and sex at the same time?"


*FAMOUS INVENTIONS**
*
The toilet seat was invented in Minnesota, but twenty years later an North Dakotan invented the hole in it.



Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Power of the Spoken Word

I cannot add anything to what this young man said except that it made me cry.

The Feast of Tishri


 I attended the Des Moines Consistory Frast of Tishri and Table Lodge on Wednesday.  The Feast of Tishri is celebrated in many Valley’s of the Scottish Rite
and commemorates the dedication of King Solomon’s Temple. It
also commemorates the period after the exodus from Egypt during
which the Jews wandered in the wilderness and lived in huts. It relates to
the general celebration of Thanksgiving. The Feast of Tishri is an essential
part of the Fourteenth Degree and alludes to the symbolic details of the
Temple’s position, design, construction, furnishing, and decoration
as the metaphorical temple of Freemasonry built in the
heart of every brother.
We learn to recommit ourselves to building Freemasonry “in
the hearts of men and among nations.” The consecration of the Temple
teaches the equality and unity of all members of the Rite.

In the Feast of Tishri, all Perfect Elus and those of higher Degrees can join at the banquet table and share the bond of fraternal unity. The law, legendry,
peace, quality, unity, and fellowship of the Feast of Tishri combine to make this the Masonic feast of feasts.*

A very large group of over one hundred Scottish Rite Masons gathered to celebrate the Feast of Tishri in the Grand Ballroom of the Des Moines Consistory.






There was a time for socialization and a chance to visit with each other before the Feast and the Brethren took full advantageof the time to greet and talk.


The table was arranged in a Table Lodge format and as is usual at a Table Lodge there was singing and Masonic Toasts.

Following a Salad Course there were three Toasts

Each toast was led by a different officer of the Rite.
 The first toast was To Our Country.

The Double Eagle Chorus performed the anthem, God Bless America.


2nd Toast: To our Symbolic Lodges and all Master Masons.

3rd Toast: To Worshipful Masters and the Grand Master.



At this point we at the most delicious perfectly prepared steak dinner ever served at the Scottish Rite.  Dick Hudnel and the Kitchen Krew outdid themselves.


Following dinner the remainder of the Toasts were given.


4th Toast: To the Master of Kadosh and Personal Representative

5th Toast: To the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite

6th Toast to the memory of our Departed Brethren

and finally the 7th Toast: To all poor distressed Master Masons wherever dispersed

We closed by singing
"God Speed Freemasonry"

Dear Brothers of the plumb and square
  Come join in cheerful song;
Let every heart and voice prepare
The glad notes to prolong.




We're brothers of the Mystic Tie
We're brothers True and Free
Then let our song ascend on high - 
God Speed Freemasonry!





*From the Washington D C Scottish Rite Progress