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Reblog: Wearing the Millstone

Once again Mike Ridenour at New Hope For Dry Bones addresses one of my personal frailties, and hits it out of the park.

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Roo’s feature image courtesy ABSFreePic.com

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What Next #MyFirstPostRevisited

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In response to the challenge from dear Oneta Hayes at Sweet Aroma, I’m humbly sharing my debut post, the way I threw it out there on September 11, 2014. I defer assigning anyone to do the same, but encourage all bloggers to consider taking a look back (Rules follow the repost). It’s actually fun (mostly) ūüėČ .

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The world is changing. The changes didn’t start on 9/11/2001 yet that was a distinctive milestone.

Yet despite the many changes, some important things are the same as when I was a child ‚Äď a very long time ago. I‚Äôm talking about what makes the world go ‚Äėround; what makes us¬†happy.

Above all the violence, tragedy and the madness, more than ever before I see people care about people. The technological advances in my lifespan alone, the blogosphere all have presented us with more opportunities, advantages that were unfathomable as I was growing up.

We have gone global. Our family, friends, and neighbors ‚Äď our community has become immense.

Honestly, from my limited perspective life occasionally seems overwhelming; health issues, ecology, economy, strife… We all have dark days when the world feels hopeless. And yet the globe continues to turn, the sun keeps rising on a brand new day.

My dear, sage friend Zoe once said it best: “Every day, you walk out your door, really look around you and help the first person you see. Sometimes all it takes is a smile, say good morning or maybe help carry out the trash…

‚ĶThe possibilities are endless and it all begins with simply getting out of our heads for a moment, pause, ask the simple, forgotten question, ‚ÄėCan I lend you a hand?‚Äô You continue¬†on your way, but you did something.‚ÄĚ

Even when it feels like we‚Äôre at the end of our ropes, we can get radical and possibly change the course of a day, a life ‚Äď the world.¬†We start by simply responding to¬†the question, What‚Äôs Next? What can I do to help, right where I am right now? I suggest we do the simplest next right¬†thing.

 

‚ÄúI have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.‚ÄĚ Jesus, The Bible (NLT), John 16:33

Source: What’s Next

Obvious rules:

  • No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love‚Ķfirst post only.)
  • Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).

Other rules:

  • Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.)
  • Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.
  • Tag‚Ķum‚Ķtentwotwelve five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.
  • Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don‚Äôt just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  • Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.
  • Include ‚Äúthe rules‚ÄĚ in your post.

 

 

 

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New Writers Quote Challenge

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‚ÄúChildren have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē James Baldwin

“Children have a marvelous way of growing up despite us.” Original Author Unknown. (I heard it¬†from my father).

Now that we’re all grown (more or less ūüėČ ) I noticed my sons as well as their children carry on some of my¬†traits and behaviors I’m working to correct or improve upon. I hope they’ve also learned to laugh often, not take themselves too seriously and above all else trust God. ¬†-Roo

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)

Original Post: Family Parenting and Beyond

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Walk #6

Stains

After shooting stained glass all over town I was able to tell a fellow blogger how it’s best shot from the dark side:

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(Click St. Joseph image for full view. Click browser “back” arrow to return.)

A few days later the girls and I went to lunch at Spoons. I soon discovered one of the best lunch spots in town is located in the stunningly beautiful Hope West Hospice:

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“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us– yes, establish the work of our hands.”¬†Psalm 90:17 (NIV)

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Finale

Today’s walk demanded special attention. I recognized the first signs of autumn – summer’s finale:

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For everything there is a season,¬†a time for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)

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Walk #5

It was a great day to visit the local post office.

Outside the building a small flag moving along, barely visible above the cars parked along the curb stole¬†my attention. I found it¬†attached to Marjorie Lewis’ scooter. Ms Lewis shared with me a good part of her last few decades and some American History. Half an hour with her seemed like¬†seconds but I doubt I’ll ever forget this unsung hero:

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Birthday cards to mail, I proceeded inside to find the regular gang waiting to help me:

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Not just a Postal Employee but my workout cheer leader, Linda checks my dumbbells.

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The seal of approval.

“How wonderful and pleasant it is¬†when brothers live together in harmony!”¬†Psalm 133:1 (NLT)

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United We Stand

Let us put aside our differences and stand united.

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“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters.¬†Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.” 1 Peter 3:8 (NLT)

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Bliends – Workout

I’m not your average fitness buff. I doubt I’m average anything, but I do all I can to maintain optimum health for as long as I suck air.

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My friend David at Chape Personal Trainer is not only highly qualified, certified, but is a true professional. For over a year his blog has inspired me to raise the bar steadily, gradually despite a couple of rough spots. With videos, groan-by-groan detailed directions and great quotes to encourage and inspire, Dave pushes me. You too can easily load events from his blog right to your calendar and connect with a good group of like minded people.

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I can’t imagine this gentle giant being anything but strong, but he’ll tell you he was a frail child. Today this entirely charming, insightful and conscientious¬†man takes personal training to the next level – in more than one language. Personally I appreciate his patience with my broken language skills and who doesn’t appreciate a manly guy that adores animals?

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Need a nudge to get you back into your best shape? Check out Chape.

 

 

“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening‚ÄĒit‚Äôs painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” Hebrews 12:11

Images (except the top of Roo’s head) are courtesy of Pixabay.

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Walk #4

Unsung Heroes

I set out to walk and shoot some of the unique homes in the neighborhood. Instead…

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As I walked I realized what people do every day helps keep the neighborhood running smoothly. They are unsung heroes.

A block away I noticed a man I see frequently. He was riding off on his bicycle as one of the Tire Store employees watched. Tire Guy was checking the bike tires were right. I asked, and sure enough, Tire Guy saw the man trying to fix his flat himself unsuccessfully and helped him. Free. Of. Charge. Another unsung hero.

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From there I found members of our local fire house meeting neighbors at the library, informing us about what they do – until an ambulance call took the paramedics away:

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Inside the library, more unsung heroes wait¬†to make anyone’s day better, (the shot¬†of my other buddy at the automated checkout/information desk didn’t take) ūüė¶

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I learned our Library’s Security Officer is a retired Highway Patrolman.

Then there are the great people at the local super market that make our shopping experiences so much nicer and often more fun:

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Lastly I met local artist Nancy Lewis, who’s on a mission stirring up awareness of Endangered Places in Colorado¬†by painting them for art shows:

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Had I been driving I would have missed so many of the people and the experiences that help to make our neighborhood great – every day.

“So let‚Äôs not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don‚Äôt give up.”¬†Galatians 6:9 (NLT)

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No Weekend Plans?

Here are two friends you need to know:

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Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha‘s A Cooking Pot and Twistedtales¬†is having a Party at¬†Let’s Get This Party Hopping¬†over the weekend. Can one have too many friends?

ALSO:

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Danny at Dream Big Dream Often is also hosting a Meet and Greet Weekend. Drop by, meet some great people and have a good time.

Even those of us that must keep our noses to the grindstone can pop by both terrific blogs and say hello. No host/hostess gift necessary!

How good and pleasant it is¬†when brothers and sisters live together in peace!” Psalm 133:1 (The Voice)

 

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