Friday, January 27, 2017

we choose, choose wisely

a single footstep will not make a path on earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind, to make a deep physical path we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

The right eyes see it

Sky's the limit

It's not you

Last Song of You - Paul Larson Original

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Happy, Uplifted, Grateful

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Suit up!

In all ways it's good

Up, Up and Away

 Peace is something you'll never experience if you keep 
letting things you can't control, control you. 
Let it go.

Look for it

Sometimes you fall down because there is something down there that you are supposed to find.

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Friday, January 20, 2017


"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it" 

Helen Keller

You're so close!

You didn't come this far to only come this far.

Don't let setbacks or obstacles get you down... We all experience them... Keep going

It only takes some inspiration to change your life and to make you succeed.

What it takes

Thank Heaven for these 3 things

Huckleberry Road - Paul Larson Original

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

S. M. I. L. E.

S. ee 
M. iracles 
I. n 
L. ife 
E. veryday!

I hope you have a reason to smile today!!!

With breathless anticipation crowds gathered for the unveiling of the towns new statue!

The Way out of No Way

Every society is only as good as its people. It follows, then, that to build a better society we need a foundation of brave men and women who do the right thing. Often, that foundation is tested by struggle and conflict, but it may be that those very challenges are what bring out the greatness within people and nations.
For example, the perilous founding of this nation gave birth to such heroes as Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. Almost a hundred years later, a contentious division among states called Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass into service. And several decades after that, a bitter world war shaped the dynamic leadership of Roosevelt and Churchill. Then the right time met the right people once again when Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and others stood up for civil rights.
In each case, and in countless other stories that could be told, challenges and trials gave rise to greatness, and darkness and despair gave way to light and hope. As Martin Luther King reminded us, "When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that . . . God is able to make a way out of no way, and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows."
We may never make headlines or change world history, but in our individual and quiet ways, we too can make a difference. One woman did this by determining not to pass unhealthy family patterns to the next generation. She made conscious choices to give her children the stability she did not have as a child. She resolved to love and support her family unselfishly, and in just one generation, she gave them a new start. The odds may have not been in her favor, but she cared enough to make a lasting change and by so doing blessed generations.
"When our days become dreary," we can remember that the "way out of no way" is to hold on to hope, trust the Power higher than our own, and do our part to make the world a better place. 

Lloyd D. Newell

Loving You Is Like A Rolling Train - Paul Larson Original

Monday, January 16, 2017

not simply to expect sorrow....expect happiness as well

During the American Civil War, Lieutenant Colonel William McCullough, fighting for the Union, died heroically trying to rally his troops during an ambush. He was one of thousands who perished in that deadliest of American wars, but President Abraham Lincoln had a personal connection to this soldier. He had become acquainted with the McCullough family during his days as an attorney in Illinois, and the two men had served together during the Black Hawk War.

So when Lincoln heard of Colonel McCullough's death, he felt moved to write a personal letter of consolation to his friend's 22-year-old daughter, Fanny. It was a tense, critical time for the president—the Union had just suffered a crippling defeat at Fredericksburg, and the question about whether or not to emancipate the slaves weighed heavily on Lincoln's mind. But he knew he had to reach out to Fanny, who, according to her family, had shut herself up in her room, refusing to eat, "pacing the floor in violent grief."

Lincoln knew much about grief himself. His mother, Nancy, had died when he was only a child. And Lincoln and his wife were still mourning the loss of their 11-year-old son Willie, who had passed away just a few months earlier. So it was from personal, still-tender experience that Lincoln wrote: "In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it." 

But Lincoln's counsel was not simply to expect sorrow; rather, it was to expect happiness. "You are sure to be happy again," he promised. "The memory of your dear Father, instead of an agony, will yet be a sad sweet feeling in your heart, of a purer, and holier sort than you have known before."

Over his career, Abraham Lincoln penned many official communications and almost as many condolence letters. But this one stands out as especially gentle and compassionate—perhaps because it seems to come, as the signature line says, from a "sincere friend," from one griever to another, from one who had "experience enough to know" what it feels like to grieve. And all of this makes its main message to Fanny and to all of us so much more powerful: whatever your heartbreak, you are sure to be happy again. 

Lloyd D. Newell


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