Friday, February 26, 2010


“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. “
-- Aristotle

Thursday, February 25, 2010


“Love is an irresistable desire to be irresistably desired.”
-- Robert Frost

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


“There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.”
-- Homer

more Hillbilly humor

A hitchhiker in the hills of Tennessee was picked up by a hillbilly who pulled a gun on him and ordered him to take a bottle of corn moonshine from the glove compartment of the car.
"Drink it," the hillbilly ordered, waving the gun. The hitchhiker took a swallow from the bottle, gasped, gulped, sobbed, blinked, wept, gagged, choked, shuddered, squirmed, and twitched.
"All right," the hillbilly said. "Now you take the gun and force me to take a drink."

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


In 1918 in the town of Bovey, Minnesota, Eric Enstrom took a photo of Charles Wilden sitting at a small table in prayer. Wilden had stopped by Enstrom's studio to try to sell him footscrapers. Enstrom, who was trying to build his portfolio, asked the man to sit for him and prepared a set with a table, a bible, a loaf of bread, and a bowl of gruel. Of his famous photo Enstrom once said, "I wanted to make people conscious of the things they had instead of the things which they had to do without."

Today Enstrom's picture "Grace" is known and loved throughout the world. Also know as "Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread" and "The Old Man Praying at the Dinner Table," the image was originally printed by the photographer in both sepia tone and black and white. Later Enstrom's daughter Rhoda Nyberg began creating oil paintings based on the photo. In 2002, the photograph was designated the state photograph of Minnesota.

"Grace" has graced the kitchen wall at 838 Virginia Ave for many years (anyone know how many?) and is now also keeps watch over the kitchen at 28 Fernald Lane in Eliot Maine after a being purchased for $1 at a junk shop nearby.


“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. “
-- William Shakespeare

Hillbilly jokes

Q: What's the difference between a hillbilly wedding and a hillbilly funeral?
A: There's one less drunk at the funeral.

Q: How do you get a hillbilly out of a bathtub?
A: Throw in a bar of soap.

Q: How do you tell the bride at a hillbilly wedding?
A: She's wearing the cleanest shirt.

Monday, February 22, 2010


A hillbilly sent an advertisement to the newspaper that read, "Farmer, age 36, wishes to become acquainted with woman around 30 who owns a tractor. Please send a picture of the tractor."

"A Canadian psychologist is selling a video that teaches you how to test your dog's IQ. Here's how it works: if you spend $12.99 for the video, your dog is smarter than you." - Jay Leno

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Rules For Puppies

The garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff.
I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm lying under the coffee table.
I must shake the rainwater out of my fur BEFORE entering the house.
I will not roll on dead birds, fish, rodents, etc.
I will not lick my human's face after eating "Caca".
The garbage pail is not a cookie jar.
We do not have a doorbell. I will not bark each time I hear one on TV.
Your head does not belong in the refrigerator.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A prayer for your family

The Family Prayer

"And Shepherds we shall be

For thee, my Lord, for thee.

Power hath descended forth from Thy hand

Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands.

So we shall flow a river forth to Thee

And teeming with souls shall it ever be.

In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti."

Friday, February 19, 2010


A father asked his young daughter what she would like for Christmas. She said that what she wanted more than anything else was a baby brother.
And that Christmas Eve her mother came home from hospital clutching a baby boy.
The following year, the father again asked his daughter what she would like for Christmas.
"Well," she replied, "if it's not too uncomfortable for Mommy, I'd like a pony."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

More on prayer

The greatest prayer is patience”

“Prayers go up and blessings come down”
--Yiddish Proverb

“It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.”

“Ultimately prayer becomes a dialogue with Heaven.”

Monday, February 15, 2010

After Prayers, Lie Cold

Arise my body, my small body, we have striven
Enough, and He is merciful; we are forgiven.
Arise small body, puppet-like and pale, and go,
White as the bed-clothes into bed, and cold as snow,
Undress with small, cold fingers and put out the light,
And be alone, hush'd mortal, in the sacred night…
-- C. S. Lewis

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Morning Prayer

Now another day is breaking,
Sleep was sweet and so is waking.
Dear Lord, I promised you last night
Never again to sulk or fight.
Such vows are easier to keep
When a child is sound asleep.
Today, O Lord, for your dear sake,
I'll try to keep them when awake.
--Ogden Nash

Friday, February 12, 2010

Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson

I ASK good things that I detest,
With speeches fair;
Heed not, I pray Thee, Lord, my breast,
But hear my prayer.

I say ill things I would not say -
Things unaware:
Regard my breast, Lord, in Thy day,
And not my prayer.

My heart is evil in Thy sight:
My good thoughts flee:
O Lord, I cannot wish aright -
Wish Thou for me.

O bend my words and acts to Thee,
However ill,
That I, whate'er I say or be,
May serve Thee still.

O let my thoughts abide in Thee
Lest I should fall:
Show me Thyself in all I see,
Thou Lord of all.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

yet prayers

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
-- Oscar Wilde

All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
-- Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Medical uses of Tobacco

Nicotine in tobacco form accounts for millions of deaths each year from cancer, emphysema and heart disease. Yet, in certain neurologic and psychiatric conditions, nicotine can have useful therapeutic effects.

Intriguing new data suggesting that very low doses of nicotine can have dramatic effects in controlling the symptoms of Tourette's syndrome.

Also some new data indicates that nicotine can normalize some of the psychophysiological deficits seen in patients with schizophrenia.

prayers continued

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
-- Saint Augustine

Bow, stubborn knees!
-- William Shakespeare

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Medical benefits of onions

Early American settlers used wild onions to treat colds, coughs, and asthma, and to repel insects. In Chinese medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems.

Onions are a very rich source of fructo-oligosaccharides. These oligomers stimulate the growth of healthy bifidobacteria and suppress the growth of potentially harmful bacteria in the colon. In addition, they can reduce the risk of tumors developing in the colon.

Onions contain a number of sulfides similar to those found in garlic which may lower blood lipids and blood pressure. In India, communities that never consumed onions or garlic had blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels substantially higher, and blood clotting times shorter, than the communities that ate liberal amounts of garlic and onions.

Onions are a rich source of flavonoids, substances known to provide protection against cardiovascular disease.

Onion extracts, rich in a variety of sulfides, provide some protection against tumor growth.

More on prayers

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer moves the hand that moves the universe.
-- Unknown Source

Monday, February 8, 2010

about prayers

"Short prayers reach heaven."
-- Proverb

"More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones."
--Mother Teresa

Medical use of the potato

Potatoes leave an alkaline ash in the body, are low in roughage, and may be used in the treatment of acidosis. They can also be used for catarrhal conditions.

Potato soup can also be used to great advantage in cases of uric acid, kidney, and stomach disorders, and for replacing minerals in the system.

The potassium in the potato is strongly alkaline, which makes for good liver activation, elastic tissues, and supple muscles. It also produces body grace and a good disposition.

Anyone with ailments on the left side of the body-the negative side, or the heart and intestinal side of the body-can use carbohydrates that are negative in character. Potatoes are one of the best negative foods to use for building up the left side of the body.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Medical use of a tomato

Prevents/Heals Certain Types of Cancer
Good for Coronary Heart Health
Reduces high blood pressure (Hypertension)
Prevents Diarrhea
Soothes Eye Irritation
Cleanses and revitalizes the skin
Heals Sunburn
Heals Wounds and Sores
Supports Liver Health
Removes skunk odor

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Medical use of alcoholic beverages

Good Brandy has always been looked upon as a most valuable medicine and restorative in cases of illness and exhaustion.

Whisky is a powerful stimulant to the heart and arteries and the general nervous forces, and counteracts malaria, hardens the tissues of the lungs, counteracts tuberculosis, or consumption. Taken properly it diffuses a warmth all over the body, acting on the brain forces so as to make a person feel hopeful, buoyant and ambitious. Many lives have been saved with it from low forms of fever.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Medical use of wine

The medical profession has recognized the healthful and nutritive properties of wine for thousands of years. Hippocrates recommended specific wines to purge fever, disinfect and dress wounds, as diuretics, or for nutritional supplements, around 450 B.C. A French doctor wrote the earliest known printed book about wine around 1410 A.D.
Most of the pathogens that threaten humans are inhibited or killed off by the acids and alcohols in wine. Because of this, wine was considered to be a safer drink than much of the available water up until the 18th century.

Wine is a mild natural tranquilizer, serving to reduce anxiety and tension. As part of a normal diet, wine provides the body with energy, with substances that aid digestion, and with small amounts of minerals and vitamins. It can also stimulate the appetite. In addition, wine serves to restore nutritional balance, relieve tension, sedate and act as a mild euphoric agent to the convalescent and especially the aged.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Medical use of Groundhogs

Native American medicine is an all-encompassing "way of life", for it involves walking on the Earth Mother in perfect harmony with the Universe. The Ground Hog represents the concept of RETREAT. It teaches that inspiration and strength are found by RETREATING into "the stillness that quiets the mind."

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Quote of the Day Part II.....a Quote for Tomorrow

“You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”

Edwin Louis Cole

Quote of the Day

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:

She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison."

He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

Medical use of Ants

For centuries, ants have been used as a health food or drink ingredient in China to treat a wide range of health conditions, including arthritis and hepatitis. Chemists in China report identification of substances in a certain species of ants that show promise for fighting arthritis, hepatitis, and other diseases.

Monday, February 1, 2010


"In the case of boils, carbuncles, and other skin affections, including eczema, abscesses, whether septic or non blood-poisoning from bites of insects, ptomaine poisoning from food that has been improperly preserved, I should prescribe :
One tablet every hour or two hours according to the urgency of the symptoms."
-- (1915) By John Henry Clarke, M.D.