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Weekend Wisdom: Make Me An Instrument

This poem by St. Francis of Assisi seemed like a good one to post this weekend.


Make Me An Instrument

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, 

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy. 

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love, 

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Weekend Wisdom: Kent Nerburn

I discovered this first quote from Kent on Guideposts Facebook page. Thanks to SearchQuotes for the other two. May you do a lot of celebrating today.


I believe God embedded the miraculous in the ordinary, and it is our task to discover it and celebrate it.

Kent Nerburn

Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.

Kent Nerburn 

Love has its own time, its own season and its own reasons from coming and going. You can not bribe it or coerce it or reason it into stay. You can only embrace it when it arrives and give it away when it comes to you. 

Kent Nerburn

Weekend Wisdom: A New Command

This is really not a new command, but after all the events in the world recently, I felt that we needed this reminder.

Follow this to bring not only love, but joy to one another.

God bless you as you live out this command.


“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

John 13: 34 – 35

The Message

A Love You Don’t Find Every Day

I was jammin’ to Elvis’ rendition of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” while driving to work yesterday when he sang the line –

“We had a love, a love, a love you don’t find every day.”

All of a sudden I realized every couple has a love you do not find every day.

Every couple’s love for each other is unique and special because no two couples love the same way.

So what action are you taking to reinforce this idea to your wife, husband, boyfriend, or girlfriend?

Don’t let the line

“cause baby something beautiful’s dying”

apply to your love.

Remember, there are those of us out there who would love to have a person with whom to share a love you don’t find every day.

Seize the opportunity to express your one-of-a-kind love today and every day.

You will bring them joy.

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The Sewer Rat Series Part 2 – Sister Sludge

We left off yesterday with the discovery of a fountain bubbling “black gold” underneath the sink in my laundry room.

Even though water comes up the whole and spreads the entire length of the basement, it does not get deep because of the waterproofing Joe and I had done in 2001. As part of the work, they poured pourous concrete around the perimeter of the basement.  So when water comes up it spreads and goes back down once it hits the concrete.  It only accumulates in the basement’s center where it is regular concrete. There is no chance for water to get deep. (My neighbors got 12 inches in their basement.)

What Goes Around Comes Around

The official word from the sewer company is 5 inches of rain fell that Monday night. No storm sewer system can hold that much at one time. People got flooded that have never gotten flooded before. City Hall even got it. As one neighbor said

“Hopefully it was sewage so they get a taste of their own medicine.”

Sister Sludge

The fountain stopped by the morning of 5/13 and most of the water drained away, leaving behind sludge and lots of it.

I see a gray broken heart and a gray mushroom among the sludge.

I see a gray broken heart and a gray mushroom among the sludge.

I called off work and started hauling things out to the curb but there was not much as most items are in plastic tubs.

When it came to the mopping and sludge clean up, I called filed an insurance claim Wednesday morning as I just could not do it.   It seemed no matter whether I used the squeegee or mop or broom, I got nowhere.

Once the claim was filed, I called the company recommended to me by my insurance company and they put me on a waiting list 3 – 4 days long just to make an appointment to have the cleaning done. Then the company called me and said they were bringing in a Pennsylvania company to help with the backlog.

On Friday 5/16 the company showed up and started mopping, spraying a disinfectant and mold inhibitor, and left 3 dehumidifiers and 6 fans.  As I write this post it is late Sunday afternoon and the equipment is still running. The company will be back Monday morning (5/19) to pick up the equipment as the humidity level in the basement and the dampness of the concrete to be in normal range by then.

The equipment left makes a lot of noise so sleeping has been an adventure.  Last night I was able to sleep through most of the night. Rommie seems to have no problem sleeping at all.

“Wanna Go Bye-Byes?”

With all this equipment running, I take Rommie with me everywhere as I do not want her home alone should the fans and dehumidifiers crap out and start a fire.  The company checked the house’s electrical circuit before hooking them up but you never know.

Rommie loves it every time I ask her if she is ready to go bye-byes. We tootled around town running errands, including me getting a free bottle of O.P.I nail polish at Ulta.  I was all over that coupon when it hit my email Saturday morning. I got “Live, Love Carnival” a orangish, peachy, citrus color from their “Brazil” collection, a perfect antidote to the brownish sludge in my life.

Then as a treat for Rommie we went to Petco for a bag of her favorite liver-snaps.  While there we saw her golden “cousins” as Golden Retrievers In Need (G.R.I.N.) was there. She had fun sniffing everyone and being petted by all the volunteers.

So despite all the sludge in our house, we managed to have some fun time this past weekend.

Coming tomorrow – Sewer Rats Part 3 – Back to Normal

The Toughest Lesson You Will Learn While Grieving

What I have to say is painful but it is true.  I suggest you learn this lesson now, before grief strikes.

The Lesson

The following are NOT necessities in your life:

  • Your wife,
  • Your husband,
  • Your child or children,
  • Your grandchild or grandchildren,
  • Your grandparent or grandparents,
  • Your parent or parents,
  • Your brothers or sisters,
  • Your aunts & uncles,
  • Your cousins,
  • Your friends,
  • Your house,
  • Your job,
  • Your cat, dog, hamster or other pet,

These are  BLESSINGS from God but not necessities.

“All You Need Is Love”

The only necessity for your life is – GOD.

He is your sole provider.

He is love and because He is love, He will NEVER take anything away that is necessary for your well being.

He will always provide for you – possibly in ways you never expected.

His love and kindness is always there – you just need to open the eyes of your heart.

Your To Do List

Because these blessings are not forever, here is what you do:

  • Hug More
  • Kiss More
  • Talk More
  • Love More
  • Date More
  • Listen More
  • Cuddle More
  • Romance More
  • Hold Hands More
  • Play “Footsie” More
  • Say “I Love You” More
  • Say “Thank You” More
  • Leave Love Notes More
  • Enjoy each other’s company More

Do these things in remembrance of those of us who no longer have someone in our lives to do them with.

Just think of the joy you will bring and experience by doing these actions. 

How To Become A Better Lover

Work like you don’t need the money.

Love like you’ve never been hurt.

Dance like nobody’s watching.

Satchel Paige 

My friend Jennifer Chernisky posted this quote on Facebook back in December.  As soon as I read the quote, I knew there was a blog post waiting to be written.

At first I thought the quote was good advice, but then I got to thinking about

“Love like you’ve never been hurt.”

And I realized that is not good advice – in my humble opinion.

“I’m So Hurt”

You learn from being hurt.

Your love improves from being hurt because

  • You know what not to do.
  • You know what to do differently.

So you can love better the next time.

As a result of your hurt, work like you do not need money and dance like no one is watching but…

Love like you have been hurt, hurt more than once.

Use being hurt to become a better lover.

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