Thursday, May 31, 2012

Grief And Joy

Life is too difficult, a day too long, to carry grief alone and keep our joys to ourselves. (Touchstones, 31 March) 31 May 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe. (Thomas Berry in Touchstones, 1 May) 30 May 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Change is the necessary order of this world.  I have been doing it all along.  I can do it quite successfully now, too.  (Karen Casey, Keepers Of The Wisdom, 12 April) 29 May 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Remembering Fallen Comrades

On July 4, 2008 I posted a piece remembering two of my fallen Army comrades on my Obituary blog.  It's fitting on this Memorial Day weekend to once again pay tribute to their military service and sacrifice.

Mr. Dickie
27 May 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Google Playlists

Google Playlists on YouTube
Compiled by 
Richard E. Henthorn

This is a set of Google playlists that I created on my YouTube channel. The playlists link to videos about the Google applications that interest me.  Mr. Dickie - 26 May 2012
















Picasa Web Albums:








Friday, May 25, 2012

Talent Search

Talent is really just an inclination; it develops from a desire to pursue some activity that we then proceed to cultivate with a passion. (Karen Casey, Keepers Of The Wisdom, 4 May) 25 May 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Put It In Writing

One way to discover the real nature of one's personal issues is to write them out in detail.  Putting our problems into words on paper, where we can look at them and correct them as our attitudes change can be most useful in helping us to see things clearly.  (after One Day At At A Time In Al-Anon, 14 April) 24 May 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Take Precautions

Take precautions not to do or say anything that could convince you that this is a permanent state of being. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 29 April)

Cynicism arises from fear, a sense of powerlessness, and a desire to be in control. (Craig Nakken, Finding Your Moral Compass, p. 82)

... it is safer to hear and accept advice than to give it. (Thomas 'A Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Book 1, Chapter 9, p. 38)

... walk away from yourself - let go of yourself - and you will enjoy great inner peace.  (Thomas 'A Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Book 3, Chapter 37, p. 129)
23 May 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

State Of Being

Be calm,
Be true,
Be quiet.
Do not get emotionally upset by anything that happens around you.
(Twenty-Four Hours A Day, 30 March)
22 May 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012


I cannot change what I believe as long as I believe it. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 28 January)

Giving up the awesome burden of trying to control the other people in our lives gives us a new perspective and so much freedom. (Karen Casey, Keepers Of The Wisdom, 8 April)

People have a right to do what they want to do, when they want to do it, in any manner they choose to do it. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 13 May) 21 May 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Game Of Life

There are no points in the game of life. 
(Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 27 March) 
20 May 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

What Do I Know?

You learned something "then" that you can surely use "now."
(Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today!, March 28)
19 May 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Being Alone

There is a very sacred sweetness about being alone that you will miss if you fear it so much. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 22 April)

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Perhaps now is the time to consider how you are living and what you want to be said about you when you are not. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 10 May) 17 May 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


The interminably negative individuals we encounter on our path, if mimicked, will change our perspective on how life can be. (Karen Casey, Keepers Of The Wisdom, 15 May) 16 May 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ordinary People

It is extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is. 
(George F. Will, in Touchstones, 17 April) 
15 May 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Point Of View

I should keep away from things that are upsetting emotionally. (Twenty-Four Hours A Day, 15 April)

It is ... difficult to accept that we have made some costly mistakes, poor decisions, and bad choices. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 29 March)

Indeed, this need of individuals to be right is so great that they are willing to sacrifice themselves, their relationships, and even love for it. (Renee Howe in Touchstones, 28 April)

I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view.
I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view.
I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.
(Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, p.64)
14 May 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012


[Mother] ... is often the spiritual heart of the home -- guiding, encouraging, leading, teaching, and praying.  She is God's hands and feet, His laughter and joy, His tears and sorrow.  She is the heart of God personified. (Mary Hollingsworth in A Gentle Spirit, 12 May) 13 May 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

My Story

I am willing to acknowledge ... that there may be some parts of my story that I have left out or changed. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 16 April) 12 May 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012


Just for today, make a commitment to yourself
     to tell the truth,
          the whole truth,
               and nothing but the truth
                    to yourself,
                         about yourself,
                              and to others.
(Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 15 April)
11 May 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012


We should pay special attention to examing the content of our conversation - not only for untruths but for anything that does not build others up. (The Upper Room Disciplines - 2003, 10 August)

If you argue with a person who is unbalanced, after a few minutes it's hard to tell which one of you is unbalanced. (Jim Burns in Keepers Of The Wisdom by Karen Casey, 28 April)

Our interaction with others staves off boredom and dull-mindedness. (Karen Casey, Keepers Of The Wisdom, 27 March)

Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost Of Discipleship, p. 205) 10 May 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Spiritual Gifts Inventory

Take time this evening to do a brief review of the day.  Try to clean out any daily dirt with God or others before putting your head on the pillow.
(The Upper Room Disciplines - 2003, 10 August) 9 May 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Spiritual Principles

To lament endlessly over past failures prevents us from making the most of the present. (Karen Casey, Keepers of the Wisdom, 20 April)

We need to say no to people, places, and events that weaken our connection with ... [Spiritual] Principles, even when saying yes might seem fun, enjoyable, exciting or comforting. (Craig Nakken, Finding Your Moral Compass, p. 87)

Without labor there is no rest; without struggle there is no victory. (Thomas 'A Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Book 3, Chapter 19, p. 107)

I must pay more attention to the messages I receive from my life. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 2 April)
8 May 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012


Some people turn away from growth because they refuse to tolerate the pain of honest hindsight. (Touchstones, 18 March)

If you say you want to grow but make no steps to make it happen, it probably will not happen. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 26 March)

People who fear responsibility sometimes use a lifestyle of chaos to help them avoid responsibility -- and to block out their fear of it. (Craig Nakken, Finding Your Moral Compass, p. 85)

People learn by example, and you are a living example. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 30 April)

Persistance is necessary if you are to advance in spiritual things. (Twenty-Four Hours A Day, 18 March)
7 May 2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mixed Message

Mixed messages "confuse the universe," making it almost impossible for the forces of good to work on your behalf.  ... notice the gap between what you "say and believe" and what you "actually believe." (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 26 March) 6 May 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Chill Out

... relaxing saves wear and tear on our emotions and preserves our own dignity. (One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 18 April) 5 May 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

Pay Particular Attention

Pay particular attention to those things that upset you or make you angry when they are pointed out. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 24 March)

How often we feel contempt for others when they do not respond in what we think is a fitting manner! (The Upper Room Disciplines - 2003, 11 July)

... the stuff you are critical of in others is the same stuff you don't like about yourself. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 16 March)

In relationships, it is quite possible to stay long after it is healthy or wise to do so. Just for today, be devoted to evaluating why you stay, what you must do to stay and whether or not staying is causing you spiritual pain. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 13 February)
4 May 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Remember that you are deprived of nothing except by your own decisions, and then decide otherwise. (A Course In Miracles, Chapter 4, IV, 3, 3, p. 63)

Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired ... (Matthew 6:1 (TLB) Daily Guideposts - 2011, 28 March)

I will continue feeling bad until my attitude improves! (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today!, 6 January)

... the things I see in others could be the very things they see in me. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today!, 23 March)

You can always tell when someone is saying something that you are resistant to hearing because it hits you in the pit of your stomach. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today!, 24 March)

Worriers think about what happened yesterday.  They are sure it's a clue to the awful things that are going to happen tomorrow. (after One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 22 March)
3 May 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

See What I Mean?

... people can see things about me that I cannot see myself. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 24 March)

You should also watch out for those things that irritate you in other people; when you see them in yourself, get rid of them. (Thomas 'A Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Book 1, Chapter 25, p. 60)

Throughout our entire lives we come face-to-face with our limitations. (The Upper Room Disciplines - 2008, 28 July)

Our lives can be filled with miraculous surprises if we pay attention to the moments of grace. (The Upper Room Disciplines - 2003, 26 July)

I must not let myself go in resentments, hates, fears, pride, lust, or gossip. (Twenty-Four Hours A Day, 11 April)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Make choices that match your values.
(after Touchstones, 11 April)
1 May 2012