Monday, November 4, 2013

Dona Nobis Pacem

I was about the age of my grandsons when I first started thinking about Peace. I grew up in the days of the cold war, when bomb shelters were discussed as a reasonable additions to the back yard. A time when the nuclear missiles lighting up the sky was a very real possibility. 

As much as I dreamed and wished for world Peace, we all know it didn't happen. There is a formula for Peace. It lies within each of us. All we have to do search it out and bring it to light. 

                       Dona Nobis Pacem ~ Grant Us Peace 


Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013


I THINK that I shall never see  
A poem lovely as a tree.  
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest  
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;  
A tree that looks at God all day,         
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;  
A tree that may in summer wear  
A nest of robins in her hair;  
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;  
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,  
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer. 1886–1918

I remember learning this poem in grade (primary) school. I even remember the teacher that thought it was important that we learn it.... Mrs  Crone. At that point in time I had no idea how that poem would stir something within me. Something that has stayed with me over the years just as the words to this poem has. A deep respect for the world around me. I thank Mrs Crone to this day for that awakening. I hope that some where in this world another teacher is at least reading this poem to her class!  

Happy Earth Day! 


Wednesday, March 20, 2013


There is a strange Object in the sky! 

It is a blindingly bright orb that is spilling shades of warm yellow hues everywhere! WAIT! I vaguely remember seeing this object in my distant past. I believe it was called {{SUNSHINE}}! 

Welcome Spring.

Enjoy the day everyone, ~Jo 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Make Me Smile

Even the heaviest of hearts can be uplifted when it comes in contact with children and their down to earth innocent way of thinking and expressing themselves.

Recently my 9 year old grandson told his mother that he will be starting puberty on Tuesday. I had no idea that puberty was scheduled these days. All it took was a look at the school lunch menu hanging on the fridge to see that it is indeed true. There it was scheduled to start on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 just like he said. Perhaps knowing when puberty starts will ease the mind. Especially if your friends have already started their puberty and you are feeling a bit left behind. You can just look at the calendar and say no big deal.... I start my puberty on Tuesday.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, what he was referring to was Puberty Classes. Evidently, they no longer call it Health Classes or even Sex Education Classes. Just like Home Economics no longer exist. Now I believe it is called Domestic Engineering, unless they have renamed that again as well.

The countless times that my children and grandchildren have brightened my life and lightened my heart with priceless little jewels like this story still brings a smile to my face. I wish I had made note of all of the giggles and laughs they have given me over the years so I wouldn't forget any of them. What a best selling book I could have written. 

Wishing you all lots of giggles and laughs as you journey through life.