Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Today in History

      According to today's entry on the American Memory webpage, U. S. publisher Condé Nast was born on March 26, 1874. As a successful advertising executive for Collier's, he introduced the concept of "lifestyle magazines," which were geared to readers of common interests and/or income levels.  
     Nast purchased Vogue in 1909 and House and Garden in 1913, with Vanity Fair making its debut in 1914. Each magazine featured trends in fashion, the arts, politics, and entertainment.  In 1915, Vanity Fair was said to have featured more advertising than any other U. S. magazine.
     Vanity Fair faced financial difficulties during the Great Depression.  In 1936, Vanity Fair was merged into Vogue Magazine. 
     The photograph below was taken by Carl van Vectan and shows an elegant formal gown in a timeless design.

Pierre Balmain and Ruth Ford

Beginning the Day

With a grateful heart,
I rise,
Wondering what the day will bring.
Centering Prayer
sets the tone,
for strength, for courage.
Then, oatmeal, an orange, and green tea,
nourish my productivity,
and focus my attention.

Gratitude on Passover

The theme for this year's Passover for my group is "Prepare to Receive Blessings."  On that note, I made a gratitude list of 100 things:

1.A mind swimming with possibilities
3.That I can be patient
4.That I found the right realtor
5.That my mammalgram was fine.
6.Good health.
7.My family.
10.Centering Prayer
11.Being the speaker at a meeting
12.Phone meetings
13.The theme for today's marathon: "prepare to receive blessings"
15.Having a stationary bike
16.Registering to become a certified arthritis exercise instructor
20.Fried apples
21.Protein drinks
22.Harris Teeter where I get super fresh food
24.My neighbors, the Filbruns
25.Trying to forgive
30.My parents
31.Hospital chaplains
32.My antique furniture
33.All the cleaning I did yesterday
34.A good book to read
37.Seeing my belongings with new appreciation
38.Getting angry
39.Speaking up
40.Tossing some things
41.My mother's antiques
43.Appreciating differences
45.OA friends in Raleigh
46.A desire to visit Cuba
47.Being kind to myself
49.step 11
50/Canned salmon
51.Changes in attitude
52.Water aerobics
53.My body
54.My mind
55.Volunteered to lead 2 Unitarian services
56.Volunteered to moderate on the marathon today
57.I'm grateful for Lawanna
59.For one day at a time
63.Centering Prayer
64.Mindful Meditation
65.My sponsor
69.Scott Peck
70.St. Francis de Sales
72.Step work
74.Deep breaths
75.An affordable house payment
76.Wanting to change
77.Trusting God
78.Letting go.
81.Trying new things
82.The gym
88.the classical music station
90.The music of Brazil
91.John Lennon
92.The Beatles
93.My hands to type
94.My legs to walk
95.My feet to stand
96.My muscles for strength
97.God for inspiration
98.Hospital chaplins
99.Asking God to guide me
100.Taking action and doing the footwork
104.Sauteed Veggies
106.Getting up at 6 a.m.


"Failure is impossible."  -- Susan B. Anthony

     Faith is the thing that keeps us going.  What ever we believe is possible, is indeed possible.  With that thought in mind, there can be no failure.  When things don't turn out the way we want, we just keep on going.

     With that framework, I look forward to the future. 



"Courage is resistance to fear -- not the absence of fear." -- Mark Twain

     We dare to push past the fear because we want a better life.  For today, there may be things we are still afraid of, but we have overcome fear before, and we will again.  Yes, we can do this.

"For Today," March 26th, p. 86

Monday, March 25, 2013

A Meditation from St. Francis de Sales

Do not look forward to changes the
and chances of this life in fear;
rather look to them with the hope,
that as they arise, 
that God will deliver you 
out of them.
He has kept you hitherto.  Do you but hold
fast to his dear hand and
He will lead you safely through
all things, and when you cannot
stand, He will be bear you in His arms.
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today,
will take care of you tomorrow.
Either He will  shield you from suffering or 
He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and 

---Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

A Time to Move

There's a time to move
And a time to stay
 There's more to life
Than I can say...
But just not here,
not here...

Whatever lies ahead
Will be easier to bear
with God beside me,
behind me,
and around me.
And rise to the challenge
For what is in store.

Friday, March 15, 2013

My Neighbors, the Filbruns

     Last week, I found out the news that my wonderful neighbors, the Filbruns, are moving back to Ohio.  Minor concerns about Tarboro (the school system, the rather closed attitude of the people here, and better opportunities all around), clinched their decision.
     Why is it that this town drives away talent?  When Bob Filbrun came to town 4 years ago, he got busy to re-vitalize the Town Market.  He breathed new life into it, attracting new vendors and creating a vital space for the selling of local produce, and homemade food items, and crafts.  However, when Bob approached the "powers that be" about purchasing a vacant food store across the street for a market space, he was quickly shot down.  A great idea brought to a halt.
     He and his wife Jeni quickly became involved in community projects that benefited the entire town.  Bob led the Master Gardners program run through the Cooperative Extension office where he worked, and Jeni took on the task of creating a historic garden at the Blount-Bridgers House, a beautiful old house that also serves as the area's arts council.  Besides that, Bob and Jeni organized wreath making workshops at Christmas, and Bob had a regular column in the local paper.  And he was a bee keeper, leading sessions about this important practice in locations around the town.
     They did all this in addition to renovating and up-dating their home, and turning the grounds into a beautifully landscaped wonder.  They built a greenhouse, got chickens, and helped the community in countless ways.  Jeni even developed a small business last summer selling organic produce.
     Their daughter, Cassian, age 9, carries her parents' enthusiasm for all living things that come out of the good earth.  A solid student, she has much to offer and will go far in life with her in-born empathy skills and intelligence.  She is going to be a stand-out at her next school because of these traits, and her creativity.
     Need I say more?  Yes!  These family members have been great neighbors, always having an open door, and good conversation!  They are among the most helpful and engaging people I've ever met.
     Ohio's gain is our loss.  The next time you see them, thank them for all they have done for Edgecombe County.


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Sunday, March 10, 2013


The blessing of truth be upon us,
The power of love direct and sustain us;
And may the peace of this community
Preserve our going out and our coming in
From this time forth, until we meet again.  -- Duke T. Gray
This was the blessing at the Unitarian Fellowship in Rocky Mount this afternoon.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Condo in Durham

I like this one!  New construction!  Wonder if it's near the Nasher?


Located on March 9th

Condos in Raleigh


I found this condo on Trulia.  Like the colors!  And the size!  Hmmmmm.

It's on Mill Run.

And here is another:   http://www.trulia.com/property/3018404177-4120-Sedgewood-Dr-101-Raleigh-NC-27612#photo-9

Friday, March 8, 2013

Moving On

Going outside my comfort zone,
Seems the logical thing to do now.
I see what's out there,
In Raleigh and beyond,
To draw me in, to test, and inspire.



I saw a newborn bird today,
on this, the 8th of March.
Is this a sign of 
good things to come,
New life, new friends, new plans?
For hope is eternal,
It does not fade,
Or dim our daily trials.
Hope keeps us going,
United and strong,
Though the journey is miles and miles.
With heads held high,
And thoughts good and pure, 
There is nothing we cannot change.
Staying focused and positive,
We cannot fail,
And goodness will always reign.