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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Golden Heart ~ by Therese Williamson (1997)

God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not meant to be,
So he put his arms around you
and whispered "Come to Me".
With tearful eyes we watched you,
as we saw you pass away.
Although we loved you deeply,
we could not make you stay.
Your Golden Heart stopped beating,
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

Copyright © 1997 Therese Williamson

Mother Teresa’s Words On Prayer

Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.

Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.

Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well.

The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy.

I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Ask yourself “How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?” Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery.

Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.

Cat ~ Black Kitten

Bing Crosby & Temptations sing 'My Girl'


Year of the Tiger; Month of the Lion

Born in the Year of the Tiger & in the Month of the Lion (Leo).

Info from Wikipedia

The TIGER (Panthera tigris) is a member of the Felidae family; the largest of the four "big cats" in the genus Panthera: the tiger, lion, leopard, and jaguar.

The LION (Panthera leo) is also a member of the Felidae family; and the second-largest living cat after the tiger.

LIONS have been known to breed with TIGERS (most often the Siberian and Bengal subspecies) to create hybrids called LIGERS and TIGONS.

The LIGER is a cross between a male LION and a TIGRESS. Because the growth-inhibiting gene from the female TIGER is absent, a growth-promoting gene is passed on by the male LION, the resulting LIGERS grow far larger than either parent. They share physical and behavioural qualities of both parent species (spots and stripes on a sandy background). Male LIGERS are sterile, but female LIGERS are often fertile. Males have about a 50 percent chance of having a mane, but if they grow one, their manes will be modest: around 50 percent of a pure LION mane. LIGERS are typically between 3.0 and 3.7 m (10 to 12 feet) in length, and can be between 360 and 450 kg (800 to 1,000 pounds) or more.

The less common TIGON is a cross between the LIONESS and the male TIGER.

During confrontations with others, the mane makes the LION look larger. The LION is the tallest (at the shoulder) of the felines, and also is the second-heaviest feline after the TIGER.


Photo With Merlion

▼ Here's an interesting way to take a photo with the Merlion.

Weird Hobby ~ Duck Catching

Quite fun actually. Out of 4 videos, I only found one man doing it while the rest are women. Women seem to enjoy it more than men. This is understandably so after you’ve watched the videos below. Enjoy!

How To Catch a Duck

Catching a baby duck

catching ducks?

Duck catching

Story ~ A True Duck Story (2009)

I received this story via email but I actuall saw the guy catching each duckling in a news segment on TV.
There's a video at the bottom of this BLOG entry from YouTube but this one does NOT show the guy catching the ducks.
Here's a the latest update. I managed to find the YouTube link & video of the man actually catching the ducklings. Please proceed to the bottom of this BLOG entry to view.
Story ~ A True Duck Story (2009)

Something really cute happened in downtown this week to Joel Armstrong who works there in a second story office. Several weeks ago, he watched a mother duck choose the concrete awning outside his window as the unlikely place to build a nest above the sidewalk. The mallard laid ten eggs in a nest in the corner of the planter that is perched over 10 feet in the air. She dutifully kept the eggs warm for weeks, and Monday afternoon all of her ten ducklings hatched.

Joel Armstrong worried all night how the momma duck was going to get those babies safely off their perch in a busy, downtown, urban environment to take to water, which typically happens in the first 48 hours of a duck hatching. Tuesday morning, Joel Armstrong watched the mother duck encourage her babies to the edge of the perch with the intent to show them how to jump off. Office work came to a standstill as everyone gathered to watch.

The mother flew down below and started quacking to her babies above. In disbelief Joel Armstrong watched as the first fuzzy newborn trustingly toddled to the edge and astonishingly leapt into thin air, crashing onto the cement below. Joel Armstrong couldn't stand to watch this risky effort nine more times! He dashed out of his office and ran down the stairs to the sidewalk where the first obedient duckling, near its mother, was resting in a stupor after the near-fatal fall. Joel Armstrong stood out of sight under the awning-planter, ready to help.

As the second one took the plunge, Joel Armstrong jumped forward and caught it with his bare hands before it hit the concrete. Safe and sound, he set it down it by its momma and the other stunned sibling, still recovering from that painful leap. (The momma must have sensed that Joel Armstrong was trying to help her babies.)

One by one the babies continued to jump.. Each time Joel Armstrong hid under the awning just to reach out in the nick of time as the duckling made its free fall. At the scene the busy downtown sidewalk traffic came to a standstill. Time after time, Joel Armstrong was able to catch the remaining eight and set them by their approving mother.

At this point Joel Armstrong realized the duck family had only made part of its dangerous journey. They had two full blocks to walk across traffic, crosswalks, curbs and past pedestrians to get to the closest open water, the San Antonio River , site of the famed "River Walk." The onlooking office secretaries and several San Antonio police officers joined in. An empty copy-paper box was brought to collect the babies. They carefully corralled them, with the mother's approval, and loaded them in the container... Joel Armstrong held the box low enough for the mom to see her brood. He then slowly navigated through the downtown streets toward the San Antonio River .. The mother waddled behind and kept her babies in sight, all the way.

As they reached the river, the mother took over and passed him, jumping in the river and quacking loudly. At the water's edge, Joel Armstrong tipped the box and helped shepherd the babies toward the water and to the waiting mother after their adventurous ride.

All ten darling ducklings safely made it into the water and paddled up snugly to momma. Joel Armstrong said the mom swam in circles, looking back toward the beaming bank bookkeeper, and proudly quacking.

At last, all present and accounted for: "We're all together again. We're here! We're here!"

And here's a family portrait before they head outward to further adventures...

Like all of us in the big times of our life, they never could have made it alone without lots of helping hands. I think it gives the name of San Antonio 's famous "River Walk" a whole new meaning!

Live honestly, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly & Leave the rest to God.

VIDEOS of the above story
Here's a YouTube Link & Video of the News Report:
Here's a YouTube Link & Video of the...
Actual Catching of the Ducklings:

Dying To Finish High School & Start College

(Author Unknown)

First I was dying to finish high school and start college.
And then I was dying to finish college and start working.
And then I was dying to marry and have children.
And then I was dying for my children to grow old.
And then I was dying to retire.
And now, I am dying...
And suddenly I realize...
I had forgotten to live.

To make money we lose our health;
To restore our health we lose our money.
We live as if we are never going to die;
We die as if we have never lived.

Please don’t let this happen to you.
Appreciate your current situation and enjoy each day.

Passport & Money

Color Your Imagination With Endless Possibilities