Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
I had to supervise this "guy" as he was working in the neighbor's yard.
He had a machine (B G called it a chain saw) and he made a lot of noise for two days as he climbed up and down and cut off part and then another part of the tree off and then it was gone.
Sadie did not pay any attention to that it all.
She got to go to the car to see Dr. Brenda for "shots" - I did not have to go. B G said she was a good girl.
She got a treat when it was over. I didn't get one. That is OK. B G sneaked me two after supper.
I was very busy watching him work in his job.
B G was out with his camera but he doesn't take me as it is not good for me to go when the weather is hot. So Sadie I I stayed home.
Cassie was sleeping through it all.
B G took some pictures of us.
We were gardening in this picture.
Enough of that.
Time to come in the cool. Cassie is her usual cool and collected self.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Transformational Truth 17:
Since time without beginning, the nature of Awakened Mind and Emptiness has consisted of the same, absolute non-duality of no birth or death, no existence or non-existence, no purity or impurity, no movement or stillness, no young or old, no inside or outside, no shape and form, no sound and color. Neither striving nor searching, one should not use intellect to understand nor words to express Awakened Mind. One should not think that it is a place or things, name or form. One should not think that it is a place or things, name or form. Only then is it realized that all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and sentient beings possess the same natural state of great Nirvana.
~ Huang Po
"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
- Thomas Edison
"Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change."
- Stephen Covey
"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why."
"There is an old saying: No man is your enemy, no man if your friend, every man is your teacher."
- Horence Scovel Shin
“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”
"In every community there is work to be done. In every nation there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is power to do it."
- Marianne Williamson
Call it a clan, call it a network,
call it a tribe, call it a family:
Whatever you call it, whoever
you are, you need one.
~ Jane Howard
"I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet around me like circles on water."
- Wendell Berry
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old. They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
...every moment of life is filled with choice and meaning. If we choose life over death, love over hatred, peace over war, reconciliation over hurt and acceptance over prejudice often enough and long enough, then meaning emerges and our lives are transfigured. God, I believe, is in that memory and in that transfiguration.
John Shelby Spong
Friday, June 26, 2015
A couple of women were playing golf one sunny Saturday morning. The first of the twosome teed off and watched in horror as her ball headed directly toward a pair of men playing the next hole. Indeed, the ball hit one of the men, and he immediately clasped his hands together at his crotch, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll around in evident agony. The woman rushed down to the man and immediately began to apologize.
"Please allow me to help," she said. "I'm a physical therapist and I know I could relieve your pain if you'd allow."
"Er --", the man started to say. "No, I insist," she replied."But --" "I insist," she repeated, and despite his objections, she gently moved his hands to the side and loosened his pants. Then she put her hands inside and began to massage him. After a moment she asked him, "How does that feel?" To which he replied, "Well, it feels great, but my thumb still hurts like hell."
When the window fell into the incinerator, it was a pane in the ash to retrieve.
Generally politicians are not ones for Indian food, but they are good at currying favors.
A man goes to see the doctor. He touched his chest and said, "It hurts when I touch myself here." He touched his forehead and said, "It hurts when I touch myself here." He touched his chin and said, "It hurts when I touch myself here, too." The doctor said, "I think your finger's broken."
General Custer and his scout are on top of a hill overlooking a peaceful prairie scene when they hear drums begin to beat ominously in the distance. General Custer says, "I don't like the sound of those drums!" The scout listens for a moment and says "That's not their normal drummer."
The story goes that during the heat of the space race in the 1960's, NASA decided it needed a ballpoint pen that would write in the zero gravity of space.
After considerable research and development, the Astronaut Pen was developed at a cost of a million dollars. The pen worked and also enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on Earth.
The Soviet Union, faced with the same problem, used a pencil.
There was a farmer who raised watermelons. He was doing pretty well financially, but one summer he was disturbed by some local kids who would sneak into his watermelon patch at night and help themselves to his watermelons. After obsessing on it for a couple of weeks, he came up with a clever idea that he thought would solve the problem for sure. So he made up a sign and posted it in the field. The next night the kids showed up to steal some watermelons, and they saw a sign that read: "Warning: One of these watermelons has been injected with cyanide."
The next morning the farmer couldn't wait to see how his plan had worked. He showed up at the watermelon field and looked around carefully, but couldn't find any signs of stolen or damaged watermelons. Then he noticed a new sign, next to the one he had posted. This one read: "Now there are two."
A British pilot is shot down over Germany in WW2. He is brought to a hospital and is hurt bad enough where they had to amputate his leg. He asks the Germans if they wouldn't mind if the next time they raided London, if they wouldn't mind dropping his leg over British soil. The Germans agreed.
A week later the pilot's arm gets infected and must be amputated also. Again he asks the Germans to drop his arm over British soil, and again they agree.
A few days later he gets another infection in his other leg, and it gets amputated as well. He immediately asks the Germans if they wouldn't mind dropping it over British soil. The But the Germans refuse. When he asks them why, they reply, "We think you are trying to escape!"
A man goes up to heaven and says, "Hey, God. What's a million years like for you?" And God says, "Oh, you know, like maybe a second." So the man says, "Oh, wow. Well, then, how about this: What's a million dollars worth to you?" And God says, "Oh, like, you know, about a penny." So the man says, "Oh, wow. Well, in that case, can I have a million dollars?" And God says, "Sure, in a second."
An atheist was spending a quiet day fishing when suddenly his boat was attacked by the Loch Ness monster. In one easy flip, the beast tossed him and his boat high into the air. Then it opened its mouth to swallow both. As the man sailed head over heels, he cried out, "Oh, God! Help me!"
As the atheist spun helplessly through the air, a booming voice came down from the clouds, "I thought you didn't believe in Me?"
"Give me a break!" the man pleaded. "Two minutes ago I didn't believe in the Loch Ness monster, either!"
A hiker slipped over the edge of a cliff, and would surely have fallen to his death except for a branch he managed to grab, just a few feet from the top. He clung there in terror and yelled, "Help! Can anybody hear me?" A booming voice said, "I am God. Just let go of that branch and I'll catch you." There was a long silence until the hiker hollered, "Can anybody else hear me?"
h/t John K.