Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thank you

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

A Thanksgiving Proclamation

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving - "A Litany of Thanksgiving" and "A Good Day with David Steindl-Rast"

A Litany of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so
freely bestowed upon us.
For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and
sky and sea.
We thank you, Lord.

For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women,
revealing the image of Christ,
We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and
our friends,
We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,
We thank you, Lord.

For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play,
We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering
and faithful in adversity,
We thank you, Lord.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice,
We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, in all times and places,
We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and
promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and theHoly Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

David Steindl-Rast "A Good Day"

A blessing for today - Four Fold Franciscan Blessing

Four - Fold Franciscan Blessing

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers,
half truths, and superficial relationships,

so that we may live deep within our hearts. Amen.

May God bless us with anger at injustice,
oppression, and exploitation of people
so that we may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen.

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain,
rejection, starvation and war,
so that we may reach out your hand to comfort them
and to turn their pain into joy. Amen.

May God bless us with enough foolishness
to believe that we can make a difference in this world,
so that we can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen.

No sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Joe Harris earns praise from LeBron James

Joe Harris earns praise from LeBron James

In back to back games, former Virginia star, Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Joe Harris has shined when given the opportunity. Along the way, he’s earned praise from teammateLeBron James.
Down 17 points, the Cavaliers charged back to stun the Boston Celtics, 122-121 on Friday night.
Harris scored six in the game's final quarter, including a three that cut the Celtics lead to three late. He also played defense that would make Tony Bennett smile, including drawing the assignment of guarding Rajon Rondo on the game’s final possession.
The rookie's play impressed LeBron James.
"He was huge," James said. "Joe Harris is going to be a big piece for our team.”
Once agin, Harris led the Cavaliers in +/-. In Friday night’s 19 minutes of action, Harris was was +24.
Guard Kyrie Irving was impressed with the rookie's performance as well.
"How big did Joe Harris play? He deserves about eight shots of Gatorade,’’ said Irving.
(Photo: David Richard, USA TODAY Sports)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you veterans!

a Facebook friend of mine Rachel Peltzman Savage posted this status about her grandmother who was rescued from the evil Nazi regime and she thanked the veterans who gave her her life!
"My grandmother, a holocaust survivor, always told us about the day when she was finally liberated. She was a teenager, she had no idea which army was coming, and she decided that if it was axis she would kill herself....
...And decades later, when she told us her stories, she never neglected to recount the vision of those supernaturally handsome American men coming to save her
Thank you for my life, veterans!"

Monday, November 10, 2014

Finland encourages 15 minutes of free play per HOUR!

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.

Like a zombie, Sami—one of my fifth graders—lumbered over to me and hissed, “I think I’m going to explode! I’m not used to this schedule.” And I believed him. An angry red rash was starting to form on his forehead.

Yikes, I thought. What a way to begin my first year of teaching in Finland. It was only the third day of school and I was already pushing a student to the breaking point. When I took him aside, I quickly discovered why he was so upset.

Throughout this first week of school, I had gotten creative with my fifth grade timetable. Normally, students and teachers in Finland take a 15-minute break after every 45 minutes of instruction. During a typical break, students head outside to play and socialize with friends while teachers disappear to the lounge to chat over coffee.

I didn’t see the point of these frequent pit stops. As a teacher in the United States, I’d spent several consecutive hours with my students in the classroom. And I was trying to replicate this model in Finland. The Finnish way seemed soft and I was convinced that kids learned better with longer stretches of instructional time. So I decided to hold my students back from their regularly scheduled break and teach two 45-minute lessons in a row, followed by a double break of 30 minutes. Now I knew why the red dots had appeared on Sami’s forehead.

Read it all at the link below:

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Kissing Your Socks Goodbye Home Organization Advice from Marie Kondo

Kissing Your Socks Goodbye

Home Organization Advice from Marie Kondo

By her own account, Marie Kondo was an unusual child, poring over lifestyle magazines to glean organizing techniques and then stealthily practicing them at home and school, confounding her family and bemusing her teachers.
As she writes in “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” which comes out this month in the United States and is already a best seller in her native Japan and in Europe, she habitually sneaked into her siblings’ rooms to throw away their unused toys and clothes and ducked out of recess to organize her classroom’s bookshelves and mop closet
Read it all HERE in the NYTimes

Monday, November 03, 2014

‘Car Talk’ co-host Tom Magliozzi has died

 November 3 at 4:39 PM 
in the Washington Post 

Tom Magliozzi, who hosted the long-running public radio show “Car Talk” with his brother Ray, has died, NPR announced Monday. Magliozzi — the older half of “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers” — was 77.
The radio host died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to NPR. In a statement announcing his brother’s death, Ray said: “Turns out he wasn’t kidding. He really couldn’t remember last week’s puzzler.”
That humor is characteristic of the popular, Peabody Award-winning show, which first aired 37 years ago. During the hour-long weekly program, the brothers helped callers with their car problems.
But that was just the show’s framing, not its heart. Ray and Tom’s fans came back, week after week, for the brothers’ banter, what “Car Talk’s” statement called a “uniquely Boston-Italian style of expressing affection through friendly insults and teasing.”
The show was full of personalities: the callers, the brothers, and the cars – often clunkers – themselves.
Read this article HERE at the Washington Post

Hundreds bid farewell to Bishop Tom Shaw of Massachusetts

Hundreds bid farewell to bishop  
By Lisa Wangsness

The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw was photographed in April.
The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw was photographed in April.
As cold rain and a chill wind scoured Copley Square on Saturday afternoon, some 1,300 mourners gathered at Trinity Church to say a final farewell to the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, who served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts for two decades.
He died last month after a 17-month battle with brain cancer. He was 69, and his diagnosis came shortly after he announced plans to retire.
Shaw was a professed monk of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, a religous community based in Cambridge. His funeral reflected both his vaunted office and his preference for simplicity.
In an unforgettable moment near the end of the service, Trinity’s rumbling organ and enormous choir were quiet. As incense wafted around them, Shaw’s religious brothers, clad in their black robes, surrounded his wooden casket and chanted the dismissal sung at the monastery each night in the last service before sleep.
Lord, you now have set your servant free
To go in peace as you have promised.
A number of mourners who attended the service spoke afterward about Shaw’s profound spirituality.
“You felt like you were talking to heaven when you talked to him,” said Frankie Brescia of Dorchester, a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul downtown, cracking a rueful smile. “He had a pretty direct line up there.”
Read the rest HERE at the Boston Globe