Another milestone….

Posted by on May 27, 2017 | 1 comment

My second born grand daughter, MacKenzie Staley, graduated yesterday from highschool. How could that be? She is still just a little tow headed little toddler? And I bet I’m not the only one that feels that way – eh Jay & Nicci? Sigh…..time marches on. ‘Kenzie’ is a beautiful, sweet, gentle and loving young lady. She is way too grown up for her age of course, but she has come thru the trials of her short life in grand style. Her beauty comes from the inside … and we are so proud of her! As we sit at your graduation, my dear, watching you ‘walk the...

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A New Purim

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 | 0 comments

A New Purim

The megillah (story) of Esther (hidden star) will be read throughout the world by many of the Jewish faith next week to remember the festival of Purim. A fast was called to open the doors of heaven for a miracle during that time. The story line was about an egotistical, arrogant adviser to the king, named Haman, who devised a plan to exterminate all the Jews in the land of Persia (which is modern day Iran). The unlikely hero of the story was a young Jewish girl named Hadassah (a myrtle branch) who was called upon by her uncle Mordechai to go before the King, against protocol and intercede...

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Garlic-Cayenne Pest Spray

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 | 0 comments

Susan has been making this Garlic and Chile Insecticidal Soap Spray for more than 20 years. In late summer, she routinely sprays this on plants before bringing them indoors for winter. Tina adds 10 drops cinnamon, vetiver or eucalyptus essential oil when she makes it. • 10 to 12 large cloves garlic • 4 to 6 hot chile peppers, dried or fresh • Generous 2 cups water • 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap • 10 drops cinnamon, vetiver or eucalyptus essential oil, optional 1. Put garlic, chiles and water into a blender and puree contents until foamy. 2. Let mixture stand at least 2 hours or...

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Sukkot meanderings

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Well, we are meandering through the days of Sukkot – also known as the Feast of Tabernacles – with ups and downs and ins and outs. So many memories piled up so high and all jumbled up together that it will take months to separate them all out. Today is the fourth day of the Sukkot round house hopping experience and tonight the rains have begun to patter on the roof. But our hearts are warm and the scriptures are still coming to life! As we take turns reading from the scriptures we ponder on the various meanings of Ezekiel and Zechariah….will we be ready? The other night we...

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Not Enough

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 | 0 comments

The World Is Not Enough by Skip Moen, D. Phil. “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.” John 17:15 NASB Take them out – “Judaism is God’s perennial question-mark against the condition of the world.”[1] God has invited us to be His partners in redeeming the world. That means we must question those assumptions that form the basis of the world’s view of itself. No assumption is immune from this project. We are the sponges of our societies. We have absorbed their views simply because we grew up in them. We breathed them. We ate them. We walked in...

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