Thursday, March 31, 2011

Old Towns

     I like Town 1 and would like to know more about it. Across the bridge is an abandoned house. ----- and I explored it one Monday. We went down the cellar all through the house, and learned that the old pump well still worked. It gushed out brown rusty water. The windows are busted out and a good part of the walls. The roof had caved in in several places and there was debris all over the floor. It was not too old because it had electricity but I still walked lightly for fear the floor would fall through. None of the rest of our party would join us so we were the only ones that went. What made Town 1 "untown" itself? Where is the mill and the school house? Just imagine this little Town 1 was real once. People used those sidewalks, worked at the mill, and went to school. Real people with a real life. A real history and story.
       I know Town 2 used to be a big town. It was a mining community, rather large, complete with a milliners shop. But then the mines shut down and the people started moving away. Corrupt government was its last stroke and now all that's left is buried sidewalks, flat ground where the train tracks used to be, and broken down buildings. It does have a post office and two churches one of them stands empty. There is a mostly unused park and a still standing unused (clean) out house. The houses still stand. The Winery is the only attraction. Some buildings in town have been boarded up, and a whole section of it is entirely forgotten. Our church used the park once for a picnic and I believe that is the only action its had for years.
      Town 3 has some interesting history, ----- has told me a lot about it. He can even point out certain buildings that had something important to do with the War Between the States. I've seen some old houses that still have slave quarters and a separate entrance for them. I don't remember much of what he said but I do know the impression; he is smart! And determined it must have taken a lot of work to learn all that, and he's traced his family history far back. Our friends own a jewelry shop in Town 3. The store is in the building an old bar used to be.

Rainbow



Red is the blood that runs in every human body, every race and gender
Orange is the warmth of a loved ones affection
Yellow is what makes us happy
Green is the growing things that holds so much magic
Blue is the loyalty of two brothers
Indigo is imagination
Violet is passion

A Funny Thing At Work

     At work two Fridays ago when we were eating dinner I noticed a funny thing. There were four of us, three lady's and one man. Casey, Mrs. Debbie, and I each got a plate and fork, got our pizza and sat down to eat it. Mr. Garry walks up picked up a piece of pizza leaned against the counter and started eating.
     Later on Garry, usually mellow, walks towards the front room chanting to himself while doing a little dance "coffee, coffee, coffee." Mr. Garry is an older man with a full beard of grey, wears glasses, and talks quietly.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Trip to Jefferson City



I stepped off of the train and waited for the rest of our party to collect themselves. Mrs. Sturm did a head count, all twenty-six were there. We started walking up towards the State Capital. I walked by Mom and Savannah and Mom needed help with the Mei Tie. The three of us stopped and by the time we got Jubal all situated in the Me Tie the rest of the party were far up ahead. We walked quickly to catch up. When we came to the corner of the street I looked towards the Capital. There it was towering before me; huge, defiant, and strong. Statues stood around the place and stone steps went up to the main doors. Mr. Cliff had waited for us so we followed him to catch up. The front doors were big, really big. We walked in and I looked around me. It was dimmer in here we were in a wide open hallway and as we walked it opened out into a large room. The roof was domed and it gave the place a sort of cathedral effect. The floors were cold, shiny, and marble and the ceilings and some parts of the walls had gorgeous paintings on them. The rest of our group was up on the second floor and I waved up to them.
“There they are” I heard someone say.


We located an elevator and went up. The elevator had golden colored doors, two of them, making a golden looking corner. The elevator landed and we got out and joined our group. I was in the back because I paused to look over the railing and at all the paintings. If I was a cartoon my jaw would have dropped to the floor. It was magnificent. They were turning into another hallway so I hurried to catch up. Marble floor again and more paintings, the hallway was sort of a half circle. I dragged behind looking at the paintings.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

       One thing that used to always confuse me was the word catholic, and I didn't know what apostolic meant. I am not catholic and never was so how is it that I confessed I believed in "one holy catholic and apostolic church"?  Well I learned that when it said catholic it meant universal. I actually learned this from my history book The History of the World in Christian Perspective. it said
          "... The invisible catholic church. Of course, there are many local churches; yet as God  looks down from heaven He sees one church made up of all true Christians. This one great 'invisible' church that only God sees can never meet in the way a local church does. Another name for this one great 'invisible' church is catholic, which originally meant simply 'universal' or 'one'." 
        I started listening closer to conversations at church and places and they all meant the same thing, universal. They did not mean the  Roman Catholic religion they were talking about the origanal meaning of the word.
          Then there was apostolic. I asked my pastor and he said it meant simply the church founded by the apostles. So what I'm getting out of this is that it's saying basically the Christian church.

More than Life

Without hope or you
a tragety, now I see.
It takes more than life.

Line one: I was going through depression, in rebelion to my Lord
Line two: House fire, baby brother's birth
Line three: I can't live my life without God

Monday, March 7, 2011

Proverbs

Proverbs 24:30-34
30 I went by the field of the lay man,
And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with nettles;
Its stone wall was broken down.
32 When I saw it, I considered it well;
I looked on it and received instruction:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest;
34 So shall poverty come like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.

Proverbs 26:13-16
13 The lazy man says "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!"
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
So the lazy man on his bed.
15 The lazy man buries his hand in his bowl;
It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes
Than seven men who can answer sensibly.

Proverbs 28:19
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!

You Are My Sunshine



       One Sunday, in the month of January, my sister Savannah brought her lap harp to church. She showed Lonna and Audrey how to do it and us girls took turns playing You Are My Sunshine. Pastor Peter heard and wanted to try so Savannah showed him how. After practising a little bit he calls to his wife and plays to her while singing,

Friday, March 4, 2011

Plants

       There are three plants growing in the ground. They are all three slender and fragile easily crushed by anything. One grows straight up towards the light confident in the way it is going. Another grows up for a little while and then plummets back down to the earth. The last one is a pitiful sight, all confused and growing in nearly every direction except up.
        These plants represent the human race. Some are doing fine, they grow up and know what their living for. These people are the plant growing straight up. Others are going good for a while but then hit some bump or tragedy and plummet back down to the pit like the second plant and are depressed. The others are like the little confused plant. They look around for comfort, searching for meaning in anything they can find except for the One who can help them.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

McDonald's

      

  We are sitting in the lobby of the Richmond McDonald's. They are in the middle of remodeling, construction work is going on outside, half of the lobby is being used for the storage of equipment, supplies, and tool. The buzzing, beeping and clanking of machines fill my ear along with the sound of paper bag being opened, cups being filled, and in particular, the loud voice of a talkative employee.