Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Clear Thinking And Common Sense

Dear friends, guard clear thinking and common sense with your life; don't for a minute lose sight of them.
They'll keep your soul alive and well, they'll keep you fit and attractive.
(Proverbs 3:21-22 (MSG))

Yesterday, Melva and I continued the Fall yard work in the backyard.  I dug up more of the iris plants, removed the weeds and separated the tubers. Melva put them back in the ground.  We think the iris project is finished.  We look forward to seeing the results next Spring. 

Two big projects remain: resetting some scalloped edging blocks and spreading many bags of mulch that are already sitting on our parking apron.
21 October 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pay Off

One of Melva's Iris Plants

 ... [Our programs are] beginning to pay off when we increase our capacity to develop new and healthier ways of taking care of ourselves and relating to others.
(The Twelve Steps For Christians, p. 159)


Circular Flower Bed In Foreground

I went out under an overcast sky to work on maintenance of the round flower bed in the middle of the backyard.  Grass was chocking the iris plants.  The only way to correct the problem was to dig up both the iris roots and the grass. This allowed separation of the grass from the iris plants. I filled a bucket with iris roots that will need to be replanted. By the time I stopped most of the cloud cover was gone.  I took many breaks, sitting in a folding lawn chair, looking at the mums and the blue sky, while I enjoyed the Fall breeze.
19 Oct 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014


As long as suffering is hard for you and you seek to avoid it, all will go wrong with you, and the very trouble that you run from will hound you wherever you go. If you resign yourself to what must be - that is, that we all must suffer and die -- you will feel much better, and you will find peace.
(Thomas 'a Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Book 2, Chapter 12)
18 October 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Holding Pattern

... many people who believe that time heals all things find themselves stuck in a holding pattern in life.
(Cloud and Townsend, God Will Make A Way, p. 86)
17 October 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It Must Be True

Photo by Corel

Everything that is in agreement with our personal desires seems true.
Everything that is not puts us into a rage.
(Andre Maurois in Night Light by Amy E. Dean, 28 May)
16 October 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Never overestimate your power to change others.
(H. Jackson Brown, Jr. in Excuses Begone! by Dr. Wayne Dyer, p. 147) 
14 October 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014


Codependency [defined]. You rescue [the other person], or enabled him or her to stay irresponsible.
(Cloud & Townsend, God Will Make A Way, p. 213)

My comment: This is a simple and easy way to understand the rather complex term codependency.
Dick Henthorn
13 October 2014