Thursday, April 30, 2015

Free Will

Botanical Garden, Washington, DC
Photo By: Mr. Dickie

Free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse.
(George MacDonald in Night Light by Amy E. Dean, 4 November)
30 April 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Safe People

Mr. Dickie at the University of Maryland
18 Apr 2015

Safe people have the ability to see where they are wrong, apologize and change directions.
(Cloud and Townsend, God Will Make A Way, p. 157)
28 April 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015


Neighbor Jim's Magnolia Tree - Spring 2015
Photo by: Mr. Dickie

Memories are very private things, a personal storehouse of treasures and sorrows. What a gift God gave us when He created our brains with the ability to remember!
(Whispers Of Blessing, Day 277)
27 April 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Meditation is the quiet and sustained application of the mind to the contemplation of a spiritual truth. Its purpose is to deflect our minds from the problems we are experiencing, to raise our thoughts above the grievances and discontent that color our thinking.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 17 October)
22 April 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stand Up

As we stand up for ourselves against negative beliefs, we allow power to run through us. When we refuse to submit to someone else's thinking, we stop being a victim and become powerful people.
(Perry Tilleraas, The Color Of Light, 19 October)
21 April 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015


Lo! in the middle of the wood,
The folded leaf is wooed from out the bud. ...
With winds upon the branch, and there
Grows green and broad, and takes no care.
(Alfred Tennyson in Night Light by Amy Dean, 19 October)
20 April 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Open Mind

An innocent, inquiring, open mind is a prerequisite for healthy living. If you are open to new possibilities in your life, then that alone will give you access to those possibilities - readiness is all.
(Deepak Chopra, M.D., in The Color Of Light by Perry Tilleraas, 1 November)
18 April 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Listen Carefully

Accustom yourself to listen carefully to another man's words, and as much as possible be in the speaker's mind.
(Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Chapter VI, 53)
15 April 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


There is no need for me to accept blame for another person's irrational actions. I will deal with my own shortcomings. If I do this honestly ... the change in me will be reflected in every person whose life touches mine.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 4 October)
14 April 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015


Pershing Rifles staff at Kansas State College
(Probably 1960-61)
Left side of table: Dick Henthorn, Bill Shelton, Jim Rowe
Head of table: Don Gardner
Right side of table: Rich Ruhmann, Chuck Bonnici, Paul Lovgren, Sponsor Capt. Marion Thorpe

... wise [men] have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.
(Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 88 found in Daily Reflections, 5 October)
13 April 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Poverty affects people in a multitude of ways beginning in infancy and childhood. How can poverty begin to be alleviated in your community? Literacy programs are a start.
Show kindness and mercy ... do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil ... against one another. (Zechariah 7:9,10)
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 44, 7 July)

We stopped at the library yesterday to drop off movies and music.  We also visited the bookstore in the basement.  Someone donated music CDs that I found on the top shelf.  The price for each CD was twenty-five cents.  I bought twelve cases, containing sixteen CDs for $3.00.  All were in "like new" condition. I was familiar with the performers on all but three of the CDs ( * new to me)

Time-Life - Lifetime of Romance (8 CDs in 4 cases)
Northern Lights - Living it the City (*)
John Yates & The Yates Brothers with Wyatt Rice (*)
The Freight Hoppers - Waiting on the Gravy Train (*)
Norman Blake & Rich O'Brien - Be Ready Boys
Ricky Skaggs - Favorite Country Songs
Tom T. Hall - Home Grown
New Coon Creek Girls featuring Dale Ann Bradley - Our Point of View
David Davis - My Dixie Home

Dick Henthorn
12 April 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Precious Gift

What am I doing with this precious ability to recall what happened in the past? If I use it to remember enjoyments and interesting experiences, it will give me a saving perspective on the problems I am encountering in the here and now. I can also use the gift of memory for storing up today's blessings to tide me over future woes.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 10 September)
9 April 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Yours Truly

If you have been given the gift of a good, clear memory, how do you use it?

It isn't likely that God conferred this gift on you for the purpose of dredging up old wrongs, injured feelings, futile regrets and personal sufferings. That would clearly be a misuse of His gift, when everyone has so many pleasant and satisfying things to remember.
(One Day At A Time in Al-Anon, 10 September)
8 April 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Maryland State Flag at Doctor's Hospital

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires ... courage.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson in Night Light by Amy E. Dean, 15 September)
7 April 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015


Find purpose in your life. During your young adult years choose things that you would like to do, and educate yourselves to be effective in their pursuit. It is very difficult to settle on a vocation, but you need the means and skills by which to earn a living. Study your options. Pray to the Lord earnestly for direction. Then pursue your course with resolution.
(Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand A Little Taller, 20 September)
6 April 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015


If you cannot make yourself what you would like to be, how can you expect to have another person exactly to your wishes? We want to see others perfect, yet our own faults go unattended.
(Thomas 'a Kempis in One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 3 September)
4 April 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015


Leadership -- of the family, an organization, our society, or even the nation -- erodes and eventually falls apart without honesty and integrity. Honesty is the keystone that holds any organization together.
(Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand A Little Taller, 16 September)


I used the Chrome browser.  On the left side of the bookmark toolbar I have a button labeled Access I use this to store links to applications that I frequently use such as my blogs, Facebook, MS OneDrive, my Wiki and my Google Sites webpages.  I let the list get rather long. When I took a closer look I discovered that some of the folders included links to applications that were also included as standalone links.  Yesterday I created several new folders, moved bookmarks into the appropriate folders and deleted any duplication from each folder. The Access button should work better after the housekeeping.

Dick Henthorn
3 April 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Unique Gift

This bright new day, complete with twenty-four hours of opportunities, choices, and attitudes comes with a perfectly matched set of 1,440 minutes. This unique gift, this one day, cannot be exchanged, replaced, or refunded. Handle with care. Make the most of it. There is only one per customer!
(Whispers Of Blessing, Day 253)
1 Apil 2015