Forgive My Trespass

5 Oct

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Author, Poet and ArtistYesterday I took a walk in a different town. It wasn’t a good place for walking. The cars zoomed by and eventually the sidewalk ran out. I had a bit more time before I had to go back to where I had started, so I thought I’d keep going. I came to a shady neighborhood street and saw a sign. “Nursery, everything 70% off,” it said.

Two houses from the corner I came to a yard with a huge ear tree and a lot of plants in it.A giant pothos grew high into the ear tree’s branches, a giant staghorn fern swayed in a slight breeze. Beautiful pottery birdhouses swung from its branches.

It was a shady place on a hot day, and although I didn’t need any plants, I thought I’d walk around looking at things. I noticed that the grass in the backyard grew almost to the top of the chain-link fence. These people are probably elderly and just can’t keep up the property, I thought. A lot of people have antique and thrift stores to house their collections, maybe that’s what’s happening here.

I finished strolling about looking at the plants and flowers and was just ready to leave when a woman came out of the house.

“Are you looking for something?” said she. “This is private property.”

“Oh, I’m so sorry. I thought it was the nursery. It’s really beautiful.”

She didn’t seem to want to accept my apology, so I turned to go. She followed, talking about the plants and how hard it was to keep everything up. She showed me a long scar under her arm and said she’d had surgery.

I kept trying to leave without being rude. She followed. She pointed down the street. “The nursery is where the big recycle bin is.”

I could see that the recycle bin was as far as I had already walked. I looked at my watch. Sure enough it was time to head back. She didn’t follow past the parameters of her yard and she obviously didn’t forgive me. I put myself in her place, however, and I knew it would frighten me to see someone roaming around my front yard. I did have a brief thought that seeing another person for a minute might relieve loneliness for a while. I asked God to bless her big time.

I went back to the doctor’s office to meet Bill. While I sat waiting for him, I heard the receptionist make several phone calls to remind people of appointments. She didn’t talk too fast, she could pronounce all the words, she was polite and her voice was beautiful.

Somehow I thought about a time long ago when I was in a grocery store with my Grandmother, Marie Bowers. When we approached the check-out, I said, “That woman has beautiful eyes.”

“When you notice something nice about someone, you must tell them,” Grandmother said.

I went up to the receptionist, excused myself and said, “You have the most beautiful manner I ever heard.”

She all but grabbed me across the desk. “Oh thank you. You’ve made my day! I can’t remember the last time I had a compliment. Sometimes I put my arms around myself and say nice things, just so I can get some approval from somebody.” You can imagine how good that made me feel.  I like approval, too. I don’t like to trespass and not be forgiven for it. I had done something right and I was grateful for the camaraderie that sprang from following Grandmother’s advice.

(FYI, none of these pictures are of the yard I mistook for a nursery.}

Matthew 6:12

Five questions and answers for a victorious life.

3 Oct

Walking by Faith, not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

Janet Eckles Perez

This past Saturday night, I, hubby, and our two grandkids sat on lawn chairs at a nearby park. All was dark except for the screen playing the movie, “Cinderella.” Grandkids wiggled with excitement at this fun outside movie theatre.

“Are there hot dogs around here?” my 5-year-old grandson asked.

Hot dogs? He knows how I feel about junk food. His 7-year-old older sister knows they are not a healthy option. In fact, she’s quick to tell others about their unhealthy ingredients.

I glanced toward him and gave a slight frown. “Kam, don’t you remember what I told you?” I said, “hot dogs aren’t good for you. They have toxins.”

“Nana,” he said with the same conviction of a politician, “I like them. You don’t. We all have different taste buds.”

What? He didn’t trust my assertion of the truth and at his age, he questioned my teaching?

Hiding a tad of shame, I questioned God, too. I hesitated in believing in His ability to hold me steady during storms, to soothe my soul when tragedy struck, and to restore my life again.

But my belief increase when Job’s story was told of the pain, the loss, and the suffering he endured. He first complained until his friends said: “Quit quarreling with God! Agree with Him and you will have peace at last.” (Job 22:21, The LB-Paraphrased)

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How OLD Would You Be If You Didn’t Know How Old You Are?

2 Oct

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

Louise Gibson



How OLD Would You Be

If You Didn’t Know How Old You Are?


I’d be old enough to know
that I should feed my spirit-
So my heart never wrinkles,
nourished by the thoughts within it.


No longer reminded of a chronological age,
I would not be bound by a calendar page.
I would let the young woman within have free reign.
Who knows what positive things I would gain.


Oh, I had better hurry.
I don’t want to be late,
You see, I have a very important date.



Nothing strenuous, most things are “nix”.
My back reminds me I am 86!

( …. )

This is The Day God Has Offered

1 Oct

My friends know that I enjoy rainy, gloomy days. This morning my friend Regina Puckett posted her daily poem and it is perfect for how I feel about rainy days.

This is The Day God Has Offered

by Regina Puckett

I welcomed in a rainy, disheartening fall day

Even though all it offered were hues of gray

I accepted it’s silent challenge to find the color

Somewhere among its gloomy leaden, pallor

Even though it tries so hard to hide the bliss

There’s joy in the way the rain and earth kiss

There’s hope in the water that soaks the ground

And there’s music in the wind and its rustling sound

I’ll dance today in the mist and with the rain

I’ll playBecause this is the day God has offered me today

Source: This is The Day God Has Offered

Flying Legends Airshow~Part 6

30 Sep

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites

Flying Legends


Day 6 – Monday July 6th

The first museum on my list for today was the Solway Aviation Museum in Carlisle. This museum was located adjacent to the small Carlisle County Airport, and was one of the smaller museums I have visited so far. They only had four static display airplanes outside, and they were not in very good shape. However, I was surprised to see that such a small museum was able to be the recipient of a Vulcan bomber, one of England’s most famous jet aircraft.


Next on the list was the Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum located just outside Dumfries, Scotland. This museum had 9 nicely restored static displayed aircraft outside. I was mainly interested in their Fairey Gannet AEW.3 (XL497) a carrier borne variant of the basic Fairey Gannet aircraft. This aircraft is unique because of its counter-rotating propellers which were driven by an Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba ASMD 4 turboprop engine of 3875 ehp.


Since I had never visited a Buddhist monastery before, I had planned to just stop by the Klanyu Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, which is located in the hills, some 30 miles east of Dumfries. But on this day I was running behind on time and that extra hour of travel time wouldn’t have helped my schedule, so I saved that experience for another trip.



DiVoran had asked me to stop in Moffat, Scotland and buy her a pair of argyle knee socks from the Moffat Woolen Mill. The lady at the mill told me that the argyle socks were out of style and the mill did not make them anymore. She suggested that DiVoran might find them on the Internet but she wasn’t sure who might still be making them. When I told DiVoran, she said it was no big deal, and that she would check it out when she had time.


Next was a visit to check out the Tall Ship Glenlee, which is only part of the many displays at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. The Tall Ship Glenlee is a steel-hulled three-masted barque, one of many so called “baldheaded sailing ships” of the time. Built in 1896, she served Archibald Sterling & Co. of Glasgow, and other owners, until 1931, when she became part of the Spanish Republican Navy. In 1990, after many years of neglect, a British naval architect discovered the ship and she was rescued from being scrapped. The ship was subsequently bought and restored for public display by the Clyde Maritime Trust. I was surprised to see that the museum also had on display many transportation items, such as vintage bicycles, cars, trolleys and even a steam locomotive, inside their large museum building.


Next Greta and I tried to find the National War Museum, which is located in the Edinburgh castle, but the castle is located in the middle of the city of Edinburgh and the area was jammed with rush hour traffic. I did however see the beautiful Edinburgh Castle (from a distance) as I was directed through the center of town by Greta. I wasn’t able to stop long enough to take a good photo because of all the traffic, and no place to park.


When I arrived at the Edinburgh Lodges (which are actually located in the city of Musselburgh, Scotland) for the evening, I thought at first I might be sleeping in a castle, as that was where the lodges reception center was located.


I walked into this hugh sitting room, with a tall fireplace, and access to a large lounge and dining hall, all guarded by a knight in full battle armor.



As it turned out the guest rooms were located in more modern bungalows away from the castle, which were accessed by vine covered walkways from the castle. The castle and bungalow grounds were beautifully well kept and were lined with some of the most beautiful flowering bushes I have ever seen.



—–To Be Continued—–

Fruit ‘n Nut chewy Granola bar

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Old Things R New:

I think I may love this recipe. It sounds simple and I can buy the fruit and nuts at a reasonable price from Aldi.

Originally posted on Aromas and Flavors from my Kitchen:

Chewy healthy granola bar Chewy healthy granola bar


Last week I had some shopping errands to run. While on my way back I happened to drive past my college(the place where I did my under graduation). I have some lovely memories of those days. It was so many years since I passed out of  college and I hadn’t had a chance to visit it.I decided to pull over and see the college from inside.It was 3 in the afternoon and the classes had just ended for the day and it was an appropriate time to do so. I wondered if it was still the same old beautiful campus or there were any major structural changes.Filled with excitement and nostalgia I entered the gates of my  alma mater. The campus was still as beautiful,the buildings well maintained and the lawns as well manicured as before.Wow! Nothing had changed.

I visited the classrooms where I studied,  the cafeteria, library,lecture halls…

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The Terror of the Night

28 Sep

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Terror of the Night png

Psalm 91:5

In the darkness of the night,
I awaken, filled with fright.
I get out of cozy bed,
Bugs a buzzing in my head.
All my joy is left behind.
Where can I find peace of mind?

Oh, what if…my worry cries
What if someone precious dies?
What if I am all alone?
How, for that, could I atone?

“Come to Jesus,” says a voice.
You will always have a choice.
Will you hand to me this knot?
I will calm you on the spot.
Can you praise and thank me now,
Knowing I will act somehow?

Where could I go?

Showers of Love~Part 2

27 Sep


Judy Wills



As I mentioned last time, God has blessed me richly with a wonderful husband who has been literally catering to my every whim and need since I’ve had total knee replacement surgery.



But I am blest with others, as well. We’ve had wonderful friends who have brought meals to us, along with visits to encourage us both. We’ve had phone calls and cards wishing us both well. Our church family is the only support group we need. They supported us when I had cancer back in 2000, and they are just as supportive now.

But there is one other I want to mention. As soon as we called our oldest daughter, Karen, with the news when the surgery was to be, she said she wanted to come and help out. Fred said she didn’t need to, but her reply was “what if I WANT to come?” And we told her to “come on down!” And she did.



There wasn’t any need for her to be here the four days I was in the hospital, so she arrived the day following my discharge from the hospital, and she stayed five days. It was so good to see her and have her here. She did the cooking (remember, Fred isn’t much of a cook!), and helped me in and out of my chair. She unhooked me from the ice machine that ran across my knee 22 hours a day, and then hooked me back up. She encouraged me to do the exercises to jump-start my healing process.

And we had some great times of just sitting and visiting. We always seem to have something to talk about, and this time was no exception. I did mention to her that there were times that I wanted to just pick up and run to her and her sister, when they were having health issues – just because….. Perhaps just because I’m Mom. Karen had an unknown ulcer issue a few years back that scared us silly. My immediate response was to fly up there to take care of her. Her sister had emergency appendectomy surgery the week before our grandson’s wedding – and I wanted to jump on the plane and be with her. None of which could I do. So I fully understood Karen’s desire to just come be with Mom. Made this old heart glad, too

Karen and her husband, Brian, have been our traveling partners on many adventures, and they are great fun to travel with. Brian is a planner, and he works it out to see as much as possible on each trip. We are always delighted when they ask us to travel with them.



God has given me the blessings of family and friends that touch my heart in so many ways.

I am blest, indeed.











25 Sep

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

Louise Gibson

I have learned to enjoy the little things-
there are so many of them.

I thank God for His blessings-
waking up each morning is one.
There is so much promise in the air,
So many victories to be won.

It is all age-related.
What is your expectancy?
To pass all the “tests” of the day-
Whatever they may be?

We all face challenges
that tax our existence-
but one must persevere
in spite of their persistence.

Hold on to your values-
Stand up for what you believe.
If God is at the forefront,
He will help you to achieve.

“Enjoy the little things,
for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.”
Robert Brauilt

I first posted these thoughts on 8/31/2013
and I still feel they are relevant to today.
Louise Gibson

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Painting by DiVoran Lites

Flying Legends Airshow~Part 5

23 Sep

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites

Flying Legends

Day 5 – Sunday July 5th

After a full English breakfast at the Quality Inn Hotel (not like any free breakfast I’ve ever had at a Quality Inn here in the U.S.) the first place to visit today was the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford. This was one of the best aviation museums I have seen so far on this trip. The museum consists of four huge hangers full of beautifully restored British aircraft dating from the early days of aviation (pre-WWI) to the present time. A person could spend a whole day just reading about the many different aircraft that are housed in those hangers. These aircraft make up much of the backbone of British aviation history.


Next I had planned to stop and take a picture of the old Eastgate & Eastgate Clock Tower in Chester. But, by the time I got there the town center was jammed with people (of course Greta had to direct me right through the middle of all those people to get me to the clock tower location). It was all I could do to catch a glimpse of that beautiful clock structure as I drove under it, while trying not to run over a pedestrian.


The Speke Airdrome Museum probably should not have been in the museum guide book, because the old Liverpool Airport terminal has been closed and turned into a luxury hotel. The only airplanes were a couple of mid 50s commercial aircraft behind the hotel (that used to be the airport ramp), that have been out in the weather for so long that they were looking pretty shabby. As you might guess, I didn’t spend a lot of time there.


It started to rain about that time and since my next stop was at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, also located in Liverpool, and would probably be mostly outside, I decided to skip that museum and move on to the Avro Heritage Museum in Woodford. However, this museum was only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I just kept heading north.


I was surprised to see that the Manchester Airport Museum, for its size (the very small museum consisted of only two aircraft) had two of the largest modern British aircraft on display; a Nimrod bomber and a Concord airliner. Visitors were allowed to inspect the interior of both aircraft. Since I had already inspected a Nimrod bomber, at a previous museum, I elected to only walk through the Concord. That is one of the special aircraft I wish I had been able to take a flight on before they were removed from service.


I was disappointed to find the Imperial War Museum (North), also located there in Manchester, was closed. I was expecting to find this large museum to be well represented, since it is part of the National Imperial War Museum Foundation.


Next I headed for a visit to the Ribble Steam Railroad Museum in Preston. Here again I was disappointed to find it closed. This was another one of those cases where Greta took me within two blocks of the museum and said I had arrived at my destination. Luckily there was a couple out for a walk, and they were able to direct me to the museum.


I ended the day by visiting the 11th century Lancaster Castle, which it is said was built over the location of a 1st century Roman fort overlooking the River Lune. As it turned out, the castle was located on the hilltop just a two-minute walk from the Royal Kings Arms Hotel where I spent the night.


The Royal Kings Arms Hotel was built in 1625 and was immortalized by Charles Dickens in his tale of “The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices” and “The Bridal Chamber.” Several members of the English royal stayed at this hotel in the early 1800s when it was also a coach station. The rooms were nice, but the hotel itself was showing its age. However, I have to say this was the only accommodation I stayed at during my entire trip in the UK that had an elevator for guests.


—–To be Continued—–


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