Saturday, March 19, 2011

Biggest full moon in 20 years





Today's full moon will be a super "perigee moon" - the biggest in almost 20 years. This celestial event is far rarer than the famed blue moon, which happens once about every two-and-a-half years.As rare as it is, it may be worth a look. Miss it and you'll have to wait until 2029 to see it again.

Click here to read the complete article on CNN

Today's moonrise is at 8:06 PM.


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Mother Quotes


A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.  ~Mildred B. Vermont

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.  ~Peter De Vries

The phrase "working mother" is redundant.  ~Jane Sellman

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  ~Rajneesh

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam.  ~Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me.  They have clung to me all my life.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.  ~Pearl S. Buck

If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.  ~Robert Brault

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.  ~Author Unknown

Sweater, n.:  garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.  ~Ambrose Bierce

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.  ~HonorĂ© de Balzac

All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That's his.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

He is a poor son whose sonship does not make him desire to serve all men's mothers.  ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime.
~William Shakespeare

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.  ~Spanish Proverb

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along.  ~Margaret Culkin Banning

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.  ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?  ~Milton Berle

Motherhood is priced
Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand.
~Helen Hunt Jackson


Friday, March 18, 2011

Finding Jesus


Jesus is the Hungry - to be fed.
Jesus is the Thirsty - to be satiated.
Jesus is the Naked - to be clothed.
Jesus is the Homeless - to be taken in.
Jesus is the Sick - to be healed.
Jesus is the Lonely - to be loved.
Jesus is the Unwanted - to be wanted.
Jesus is the Leper - to wash his wounds.
Jesus is the Beggar - to give him a smile.
Jesus is the Drunkard - to listen to him.
Jesus is the Mental - to protect him.
Jesus is the Little One - to embrace him.
Jesus is the Blind - to lead him.
Jesus is the Dumb - to speak for him.
Jesus is the Crippled - to walk with him.
Jesus is the Drug Addict - to befriend him.
Jesus is the Prostitute - to remove from danger and befriend her.
Jesus is the Prisoner - to be visited.
Jesus is the Old - to be served.



Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Living Bible


His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. He became a Christian while attending college.

The service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is completely packed and he can’t find a seat. By now, people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and, when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship, this had never happened in this church before!)

By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick. About this time, the minister realizes that, from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit, he is a godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves that you can’t blame him for what he’s going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor? It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy.

The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man’s cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can’t even hear anyone breathing. The minister can’t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do. And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won’t be alone.

Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control, he says, "What I’m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget. Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read."

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Few proverbs


A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A friend's eye is a good mirror.
A good denial, the best point in law.
A good husband is healthy and absent.
A hard beginning maketh a good ending.
A healthy man is a successful man.
A hedge between keeps friendship green.
A hen is heavy when carried far.
A hound's food is in its legs.
A house without a dog or a cat is the house of a scoundrel.
A hungry man is an angry man.
A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on.
A little too late, is much too late.
A loan though old is not gift.
A lock is better than suspicion.
A man does not seek his luck, luck seeks its man.
A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal.
A man may well bring a horse to the water, but he cannot make him drink.
A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity.
A monkey never thinks her baby's ugly.
A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows all the corners.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Business signs


At an Optometrist's office: "If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."

On an Electrician's truck: "Let us remove your shorts."

In a Podiatrist's window: "Time wounds all heels."

On Maternity Room door: "Push, Push, Push."

On a Taxidermist's window: "We really know our stuff."

On a Butcher's window: "Pleased to meat you."

At a Car Dealership: "The best way to get back on your feet
- miss a car payment."

Outside a Muffler Shop: "No appointment necessary.
We'll hear you coming."

Outside a Hotel: "Help! We need inn-experienced people."

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Girl friends


Sophie and Daphne were two elderly widows in Florida. They were curious about the latest arrival in their apartment complex. He was a quiet, distinguished gentleman who seem to believe in keeping to himself.

One day, Daphne said: “Sophie, you know I'm shy. Why don't you catch him at the pool, and find out a little more about him. He looks so lonely."

So Sophie went over to talk to the man while he was sitting beside the pool. She said: "My friend and I were wondering why you look so lonely.”

He answered, "Of course, I'm lonely. I've spent the past 20 years in prison."

She asked, "Oh - why?"

He said, "I strangled my third wife."

Then she asked, "Oh, what happen to your second wife?"

He said, "I shot her."

Then she asked, "And what about your first wife?"

He answered, "We got into a fight, and I threw her off the rooftop of a hotel."

Sophne said, "Oh, my."

Then Sophne turned to her friend on the other side of the pool and called out to her, "Yoo hoo, Daphne? It's OK. He's single!"

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Learning the hard way


The son of a master thief asked his father to teach him the secrets of the trade. The old thief agreed and that night took his son to burglarize a large house. While the family was asleep, he silently led his young apprentice into a room that contained a clothes closet. The father told his son to go into the closet to pick out some clothes.

When he did, his father quickly shut the door and locked him in. Then he went back outside, knocked loudly on the front door, thereby waking up the family, and quickly slipped away before anyone saw him.

Hours later, his son returned home, bedraggled and exhausted. "Father," he cried angrily, "Why did you lock me in that closet? If I hadn't been made desperate by my fear of getting caught, I never would have escaped. It took all my ingenuity to get out safe!"

The old thief smiled. "Son, you have had your first lesson in the art of burglary."

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lenten Thoughts


A time to reflect
On our lives
A time to deflect
Attention from mundane things
A time to repent
For all our misdeeds
A time to make peace
With our misguided friends
A time to abstain
From food and wine
A time to pray
For those in pain
A time to thank God
For all that we have
A time to pledge ourselves
To doing good whenever we can.


Credits: Sandra Martyres

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Monday, March 14, 2011

40 days till Easter


Starting tomorrow, there are precisely 40 days until Easter.

How should we observe the lent?  This is a question I had for myself, several times. The religion teaches us to do fasting and stay away from meat during those 40 days.  I was not quite happy with that.  Here is a humble version of what I have understood and follow.    

According to the Holy Scripture, Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness praying, and acquiring strength to fight the evil, getting ready for crucifixion.  He was 100% pure, and yet He was humiliated and charged with sedition.  During the time He spent in the desert fasting and praying, He acquired the strength to go through the painful process of half beaten to death, scourging, betrayal, and finally being crucified - for the sins you and I did.  We follow the lent to remember that very same journey.

I imagine myself accompanying my best friend, Jesus, during those 40 days through the wilderness.  Even though I cannot match up to the Great Master in abstinence and prayer, I tell myself that I am going on a trip with Jesus during those 40 days and 40 nights. Then, certain do's and don'ts come to my mind, and I follow those according to my consciousness.  I try to be fair and honest, control my emotions, and abstain from various pleasures of life. While meat and milk are low priority on my list; prayer and meditation are on the high.    

Going on a trip with Jeuss is not easy at all - it certainly is no fun ride.  Based on my past experience, it's extremely hard to go on such a trip.  The forces of evil will crush you down, you will encounter an enormous amount of testing and suffering, endure lots of hardships - both mentally and physically; simply because the forces of evil do not want you to triumph upon them.  Yes, they are quite strong in their own way, but the ultimate strength rests with Jesus and the truth will prevail. Some may wonder, "Why even attempt such a feat?" To me, this is one of those journey with one of my dearest friends whom I trust.  

Few times I have been on that trip, I always failed about quarter way through, and in some circumstances had to call if off after a mere week.  As days and weeks progress, it gets extremely intense - to the point where my mettle is tested. Everything imaginable and known to human mankind gets tested.  During those times, I look so pathetic and weak, and marvel the strength Jesus has. Trouble brews everywhere I go - at work, family and church, and I get tested for my 'staying power under pressure.' I seek the guidance and support of the Holy Spirit at such times.  Despite several attempts, never have I been able to complete the journey of 40 days.  To me, only few have walked the earth who have embarked on such a journey of 40 days and 40 nights - Moses and Elijah being two.

In the end, going on that trip with Jesus, or even attempting to go on that trip is well worth the experience - and hence my lent.


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Inscription



The following is an inscription on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abbey:

"When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser I discovered the world would not change -So I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country, but it too seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now I realize as I lie on my deathbed, if I had only changed myself first, then by example I might have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement I would then have been able to better my country,

And who knows, I might have even changed the world."

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Experience

A man, after 25 years with one company, was still doing the same old job and drawing the same salary. Finally he went to his boss and told him he felt he had been neglected.

"After all," he said, "I've had a quarter of a century of experience."

"My dear fellow," sighed the boss, "you haven't had a quarter of a century of experience, you've had one experience for a quarter of a century."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Christian

Christian (Chris·tian)
Pronunciation:/'krisCHan, /
adjective
of, relating to, or professing Christianity or its teachings:
informal having or showing qualities associated with Christians, especially those of decency, kindness, and fairness.

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