Saturday, June 2, 2012

Heard on the street



I went to the General Store, but they wouldn’t let me buy anything specific.

I stopped by the BMW dealer’s, but I left quickly when I saw the prices! It
was a near-debt experience. I wanted to say “Beamer up, Scotty.”

I read the classic book about paying alimony. It was called “The Bounty on
the Mutiny”.

I went to a seafood disco last week, danced with a shrimp and pulled a
mussel.

I watched the Indy 500, and I was thinking: if they left earlier, they
wouldn’t have to go so fast.

I was walkin’ down the road and a hearse stopped and asked if I needed a
ride. I said, “No thanks, I’m not going that far.”

I met an older woman at church wearing pierced hearing aids.

I was walking in the woods and saw a rabbit by a candle making shadows of
people on a nearby tree.

And finally, I was driving through Dunwoody about 75 miles an hour. A young cop stopped me and asked ‘why?’ So I explained, “I had my foot to the floor. It causes more gas to flow through the carburetor. That makes the engine go fast, which makes the wheels really go.” Man, these young cops sure don’t know much.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Welcome June


June is here - schools have closed and folks are planning their summer.  I have some travel this month and intent to visit few folks.

Enjoy the month of June.

Here are few key dates:

June 1 - Atlantic Hurricane season begins
June 6 - Neil Diamond live concert @ Philips Arena.
June 14 - Flag day
June 17 - Father's day
June 20 - First day of summer.
  

Arrived in California

After a period of precisely 10 years, I am back in California. I finally got on the 7:35 pm flight to San Francisco, took a rental car and came straight to the library.  Here are few pictures:


The architectural crown jewel of the campus. 


I could not enter inside.  Here is a 360 degree tour of the inside


The two angels guarding the door. 


Angel of Faith


Angel of Love


Angel of Hope


Angel of Charity

This campus is open 24 hours and there are several eat-outs open round the clock. Now it's almost 4 AM on the east coast and I am going to check into a hotel room)(using my points) to get some rest and freshen up. 

Spelling bee

Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, CA won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night by spelling "guetapens," which means an ambush, snare or trap. Here is the complete story

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Old Tree


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11


Once upon a time there was a leafy tree in a field. Leaves grew densely on the tall branches. The roots were deeply into the ground. The tree was the most remarkable among the rest.

The tree then became the home for some birds. They built their nests and they lived on his branches. The birds made holes on him, and they hatched their eggs within the greatness of the tree. The tree felt so delighted because he was accompanied as he walked through his long lasting days.

People were grateful for the presence of the tree. They often came over and sheltered under him. Under his branches, they sat down and opened their picnic baskets. “This tree is very useful,” that’s what the people said every time they went home from shelter. The tree was very proud hearing those compliments.

However, time went on. The tree was beginning to be sick. His leaves and twigs were falling, then his body became thin and pale. The greatness he used to have was fading away. Birds felt reluctant to build their nests there. No one would come to sit under the tree to shelter anymore.

The tree wept, “Oh God, why is it so hard for me? I need friends. Now no one would come close to me. Why do you take all the glory I used to have?” The tree cried loudly, so it echoed throughout the forest. “Why wouldn’t you cut me down, so I don’t have to bear this suffering?” The tree kept on crying, and his tears were running down his dry body.

Seasons came and went, but his condition had not changed. The tree was still feeling lonely. His branches became drier and drier. Every night the tree wept and cried, until the morning broke.

“Cheep…chirp….cheep” Ah, what was that noise? Oh, it’s a little baby bird who has just pipped from the egg. The old tree woke up from his daydream.

“Cheep…chirp…cheep”, the noise became louder and louder. There was another baby bird. Not long after that, the tree became noisy because of the birth of new baby birds. One…two…three…and four baby birds have been born to this world. “Ah, He has answered my prayers,” exclaimed the old tree.

The day after, there were many birds flying to the old tree. They were going to build new nests. The dry branches have turned out to attract their attention to nest there. The birds felt warmer to stay inside the dry branches instead of their place before. The number of birds was increasing and there were more kinds of them. “Wow, now my days are brighter with their presence here”, murmured the old tree gladly.

The old tree was back to cheer again. And when he looked down, his heart was flowing with joy. There was a new little tree growing near his roots. The new tree seemed to smile at him. The tears of the old tree has grown a little tree who would continue his devotion to nature.

Only God knows the plans he has for us. Do not despair!



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A day in Paradise



Let's Imagine a Day in Paradise
Oh . . How Wonderful it Would Be
Walking Hand and Hand . . .Together
Such Beauty Everywhere,To See

The Sun Shining Ever So Nicely
Yet, Not Too Hot, Nor Bright
Skies . . .In Shades of Blue and Aqua
With Clouds, Billowy and White

Trees, So Alive with Color
Not a Dead Branch to Be Seen
Gracefully Swaying in the Breeze
In Various . . .Shades of Green

Soft Blades of Grass, Spread over
The Ground, So Fresh and Clean
Covering the Earth like a Carpet
With the Atmosphere, So Serene

Fruit Trees, Too Many to Number
Some Small and Others of Height
With Fruit So Sweet and Suculant
Bringing Tastebuds . . .Pure Delight

Slowly We Walk Through Paradise
So in Awe, By The Wild Life We See
Chimpanzees Chasing Each Other Around
As a Squirrel Runs up a Tree

The Birds . . .So Pretty and Colorful
Lifting Higher, Flying . . .Here and There
A Family of Deer, Playing Together
With No Worry of Hunger . . .Nor Fear

The Air Is Filled with Fragrance
Of Jasmine, Spice and Mint
To Take a Breath and Gaze Around
Is a Gift, That's Heaven Sent

Rippling Waters, So Pretty and Clear
Wonderful to Wade . . . Awhile
Enjoying The Beauty, of this Lovely Place
This Fantasy . . . In Paradise Now!

Credits: Judi Kypta

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Workspace


 The Pathway to river

The River

Office Desk

The Summer Day




Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean - the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass,
how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Credits: Mary Oliver

The Journey

Monday, May 28, 2012

The reason why



1 She preseved him, that was first formed by God the father of the world, when he was created alone,

2 And she brought him out of his sin, and gave him power to govern all things.

3 But when the unjust went away from her in his anger, he perished by the fury wherewith he murdered his brother.

4 For whose cause, when water destroyed the earth, wisdom healed it again, directing the course of the just by contemptible wood.

5 Moreover when the nations had conspired together to consent to wickedness, she knew the just, and preserved him without blame to God, and kept him strong against the compassion for his son.

6 She delivered the just man who fled from the wicked that were perishing, when the fire came down upon Pentapolis:

7 Whose land for a testimony of their wickedness is desolate, and smoketh to this day, and the trees bear fruits that ripen not, and a standing pillar of salt is a monument of an incredulous soul.

8 For regarding not wisdom, they did not only slip in this, that they were ignorant of good things, but they left also unto men a memorial of their folly, so that in the things in which they sinned, they could not so much as lie hid.

9 But wisdom hath delivered from sorrow them that attend upon her.

10 She conducted the just, when he fled from his brother's wrath, through the right ways, and shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave him the knowledge of the holy things, made him honorable in his labors, and accomplished his labors.

11 In the deceit of them that overreached him, she stood by him, and made him honorable.

12 She kept him safe from his enemies, and she defended him from seducers, and gave him a strong conflict, that he might overcome, and know that wisdom is mightier than all.

13 She forsook not the just when he was sold, but delivered him from sinners: she went down with him into the pit.

14 And in bands she left him not, till she brought him the scepter of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: and shewed them to be liars that had accused him, and gave him everlasting glory.

15 She delivered the just people, and blameless seed from the nations that oppressed them.

16 She entered into the soul of the servant of God, and stood against dreadful kings in wonders and signs.

17 And she rendered to the just the wages of their labors, and conducted them in a wonderful way: and she was to them for a covert by day, and for the light of stars by night:

18 And she brought them through the Red Sea, and carried them over through a great water.

19 But their enemies she drowned in the sea, and from the depth of hell she brought them out. Therefore the just took the spoils of the wicked.

20 And they sung to thy holy name, O Lord, and they praised with one accord thy victorious hand.

21 For wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, and made the tongues of infants eloquent.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pentecost Sunday


Today is the birthday of our church - the day Holy Spirit came over to all those who were gathered. Today also marks the end of Easter. According to the scriptures, the Holy Spirit created joy and peace to the disciples and provided them authority and responsibility.

Acts 2 describes about this feast in more detail. 

May this Pentecost Sunday be an enlightening experience for you. 

Class Results


Class, it's results time!!

After compiling the results of our class, may I have the joy of sharing the wonderful experience I had with my class this past year.  It was a fantastic experience and above all, I got to learn about each one of you - your strengths, weakness, habits, dedication, goals, interests etc.

We had several activities at Sunday school this past year - the mid term exam, Christmas program, class activities, elocution, songs, final exam and story narration as well.

At the end of the year, here is where we stand:.

The Academia first prize for our class is being shared between Shawn Thomas and Liju Mathew.  Kripa Varghese bagged the second prize for academics.

BRS was turned in by Alveena Jacks, Judy Varghese, Preethi Thomas, Serin Thomas, and Liju Mathew.

You guys were pretty punctual to our class and the ones who attended the most are Alan Thomas, Alveena Jacks, Judy Varghese, Preethi Thomas, Serin Thomas, and Shawn Thomas.

For the talent competition, Alan Thomas & Shawn Thomas were awarded the first place and Liju came in second.

Wish you a safe and happy summer!!



Note: if you have any questions or clarifications regarding your results, feel free to reach me.