Monday, March 16, 2020

Wolf at the Door

Staying home is not about protecting yourself.
It is about stopping the virus from spreading to those most vulnerable.
Think of the virus as the wolf outside Grandmother's door. Remember how Little Red Riding Hood led him there after being told to stay out of the woods?  

I am praying for all of us, but especially the most vulnerable.  



  1. I've never been a fan of Frankin Delano Roosevelt, but he was absolutelty CORRECT when he said:

    "We Haave Nothing To Fear But Fear, Itself."

    BUT I have to add in light of social conditions today:

    "AND the E_V_I_L ... E_N_E_M_E_D_I_A

  2. Let nothing disturb thee,
    Nothing affright thee
    All things are passing
    God never changeth
    Patient endurance
    attainteth to all things
    Whom God possesseth
    in nothing is wanting
    Alone God sufficeth

    ~ St. Teresa of Avila, lines written in her breviary
    As translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  3. I find it interesting, but very sad and more than a little frightening to see what a deep AVERSION most have to facing REALITY.

    When things go wrong, THAT is when we need our Fith, CourG, Creactivity, AND Ingenuity the MOST.

    Life is not, never has been and never can be a Bed of Roses.

    We're ALL gling to die someday no matter what, SO it is incumbent upon US to make the MOST of whatever time we DO have instead of cowering in the shadows and gibbering like idiots while the ENEMEDIA keeps telling us, "The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!

    1. I have never been a big fan of reality, myself. I want to live a long, happy, healthy life and I want the same for those I love...and even those I dislike.

    2. Well, dear Andie, the art of creating pleasant, fascinating, romantic illusions is still a PART of REALITY, isn't it?

      i don't see Art as an ESCAPE from Reality so much as the best way to ENHANCE its good points.

      That said without an awareness of Reality the Beauty we love to enjoy would have no more SUBSTANCE than a beautifully made up FACE with no PERSON behind the makeup. (:-o

  4. Happy Sunday, to Andie, Her Family, and Friends!

    Be glad, as I am, that you are alive and still able to enjoy many of the most important aspects of life such as enhancing a store of wisdom and knowledge through prayer, reading, meditation, and attemptimg to show love to family and friends through phone calls, emails and making every effort to be agreeable and encouraging to everyone you know..

    It’s still hard to believe how we suddenly got plunged into this Maelstrom of Fear, Deprivation, and Major Inconvenience. [I still refuse to call it a Disaster, and still believe the dangers have been grossly exaggerated for the purpose of strengthening Power and Control on the part of Government.]

    Using a “crisis” –– real or conjured up –– to intimidate people and make them willing to give up their God-given liberties is a timeworn method of conquest and subjugation.

    Remember it was Ben Frankin who said:

    "They that can give up essential liberties for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    ~ Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

    Also Edmund Burke in roughly the same time frame:

    "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."

    ~ Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

    At any rate please continue to enjoy yourselves no matter what, and remember:

    Living Well is the Best Revenge

  5. “Hope” is the thing with feathers ––
    That perches in the soul ––
    And sings the tune without the words ––
    And never stops –– at all ––

    And sweetest –– in the Gale –– is heard ––
    And sore must be the storm ––
    That could abash the little Bird
    That kept so many warm ––

    I’ve heard it in the chillest land ––
    And on the strangest Sea ––
    Yet –– never –– in Extremity,
    It asked a crumb –– of me.

    ~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

    I, personally woud have preferred Miss Dickinson to have used FAITH instead of HOPE, bcause I believe it closer to the truth of what she was trying to say in this poem. Miss Dickinson, however, suffered with great skepticism about the teachings of the Bible, and privately confessed in her poetry that she often struggled with Doubt. She did not particularly admire this in herself, however. The message I've gotten after reading virtually everything she ever wrote –– including her personal letters –– was that she WISHED "she could believe it," and times indicated that did, but only sporadically. I admire the honesty she expressed in her words and to herself –– a rare quality in human beings most of whom rely on an outward show of conformity to prevaiing orthodoxies in order not to draw unfavorble attention to themselves.

  6. _____________ STILLNESS _____________

    No sound beyond the dropping of the leaves
    Or shushing in the treetops of the stirring
    In the air and periodic whirring
    Soft of wings and bundling of sheaves ––

    Every now and then a bird may call
    Looking for or longing for his mate;
    Escaping still the hunter’s dinner plate.
    Scythes swish steadily as grain grown tall

    Submits to delicate compelling force.
    Workers silently bent to their task
    Over whom hot sunshine spills its rays

    Reap swiftly knowing pain could come, of course.
    Later, in the afterglow they’ll bask
    Dreaming –– foolishly –– of better days.

    ~ FreeThinke

    [Inspired by Bruehghel's 16th-century painting "The Reapers."]

  7. I believe we truly "FIND" ourselves when we abandon the anger, fea, anxiety and resentment that comes with egocentrism, and start devoting ourselves to doing whatever we can to make life less onerous, less dreary, and less painful for OTHERS who live within our reach..

    The less we dwell on our own concerns, our grievances, our sense of entitlement, and our clamorous demands for "Justice," while we reach out to others with understanding, compassion and forgiveness, the happier, more productive, and more fulfilled we are apt to be.

    It doesn't matter how LONG we live, or how much FAME and RECOGNITION we garner. It only matters how WELL we choose to spend whatever time and energy may be available to us.

    If I can stop when heart from breaking
    ___ I shall not ilve in vain.
    If I can ease one life the aching
    ___ or cool one pain ––
    Or help one fainting robin
    ___ into his nest again
    i shall not live in vain.

    ~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

    In that one short utterance, Miss Dickinson demonstrates a clear understanding of the essential meaning of life, and the validity and value of Holy Writ, even though she, herself, was plagued with skepticism about the Church's traditional role in society, and what the true nature of God might really be. Nevertheless, without fully realizing it she was, indeed, a godly woman who understood Truth through intuition far better than myriad scholars and cynical philosophers ever have.

  8. GEE! It's awful LONELY here!

    I hope you and your family are well, Andie? So far only the husband o one of my many friends hs goten The Virus. He's spent two weeks in the ICU, but she says he is dong much better and should out of intensive care soon. They hve a 15-year-old and a pussycat.

    How is Hndsome Husband doing? Has he been ble to go o work, or are you ll staying in?

    I'm always "in" –– have been for years because of legal blindness and old age. I'll be SEVENTY-NINE next week! YIKES! That's really starting to "get there," isn't it?

    1. My computer was in the shop and, either my phone does not allow me to comment on this blog OR I do not know how. Either way, I have returned!
      I am praying for you, dear one. I hope this virus skips your door. But if it doesn't, I expect you will teach it a lesson.


    2. Thank you, Andie.

      May God protect you and your family and may all good things come your way.

    3. I think I saw you on Facebook, then you disappeared? Are you doing okay?

    4. Couldn't be! I VOWED never to hve anything to do with Facebook when it first appeared, amd I've stuck to my pledge.

      I am all right, -- so far, –– thank the Lord!

      I live one day at at a time –– or certainly try to.


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