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Monday, May 24, 2010

Movement! What does it mean 2 U?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Scale the wall. Fear is present
Fear is gloom
Scale the wall. Fear is pessimism

Fear is unrest
Scale the wall. Fear is prejudice
Fear is want
Scale the wall.
Fear is indecision
Managed by confusion, but

Conquered by faith

Hope lies on the other side
Only if you climb! Get ready to
Ready to embrace and support
Life's eternal goodness.


patterned after Jim Harrison's "Lullaby for a Daughter"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Blue
The color of
Brad Pitt's eyes
a mid-day western sky
a gentle bluebird.
Feels like the rushing of the wind
a warm cool night in October
a kitten when it sleeps
Tastes like
Cold, lemon iced tea
cold, fresh salad
a peppermint candy
a hug my around my dog's neck
an uncrowded street
holding someone's hand
cheers me up when I feel blue!

Monday, April 5, 2010

17 Things to Do with your Online Photos

17 Things to Do with your Online Photos

Monday, March 22, 2010

Learnings

I'm learning to accept my faults
And I'm learning to listen to others
And I'm learning to know that the world is changing
Not yield to prejudices, when I feel them
And I'm learning not to fear the future
And I'm learning not to feel somebody owes me something
And I'm learning (though it sometimes really hurts me)
Not to
belittle others
And I'm learning to give more than I take
When I know it's the right thing to do
And I'm learning that it's much
Much easier to be kind!
 

Monday, March 8, 2010

GS JOBS IN NYS

Opportunities at Work

http://www.cs.state.ny.us/examannouncements/announcements/oc/25-309.cfm

Beginning Clerical Worker


Written Test To Be Held
May 08, 2010
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
March 15, 2010

Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Fee
25-309 Beginning Clerical Worker $27,744 G-6 $25
25-310 Beginning Clerical Worker (Spanish Language) $27,744 G-6

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Prayer for Employment...

"God, I would never imagine presuming on your favor, unless you had graciously offered your love. You have offered, and so I do ask. You have so many wide concerns; what am I in this vast universe that you should care for me? But the truth is, you do care. You invite me to call you "Father," and to put my trust in you for the big and small things in my life. Today I come with a specific and pressing request: I need a source of provision. I acknowledge, as you say, that you are my true source. But practically, you deliver your grace through specific, down to earth channels. I need to connect with one of the specific sources right now. You promise that you will supply everything I need. I did not create this promise and the expectations it engenders. But I am choosing now to take you up on your commitment. Today, I'm asking for employment, and a way to work that will purchase for me and those who depend on me a sustainable income. Give me opportunity, and contacts, relationships, and a creative mind to consider all my options. Put me into contact with the right people. Give me favor when I speak to them. And with all the contacts I've already made, bring my name and what I bring to the table front and center to those considering my case. God, my Father, I'm asking specifically for a job, soon. I'm asking that you would place me in a situation that fits my gifts and experience and desires. Give me a role where I can serve and contribute to a meaningful organization. And now, when it's most difficult, give me faith and hope to continue walking, so that I can have the strength to believe you and to help those who depend on me to believe as well. I pray this in Jesus' name, trusting your words and your promises. I am hoping and expecting an answer! Employment is a gift!  Thank you."

From Beliefnet.com

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Any Christians in the House??


Greetings,
Since November, I have been working with a Cleveland church, and created a blog for them, and on Podomatic.com, I have been posting their pastor's Sunday messages.  If you're interested, their blog is:  newcornerstonembc.org; and their podcast site is:  newcornerstonembc.podomatic.com.  (You can also access some podcasts from the website.  There are numerous pods on podomatic.
If you know of any other people in the faith, pls have them check out New Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church podcasts/website.
Peace to you and yours.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Please forward to any Cleve. friends

Sorry, but I'm trying to get this out to Cleveland Friends.... Please forward if you know anybody from Cleve.

Date: Wednesday, February 10

Location: Doubletree Hotel Cleveland South
6200 Quarry Lane
Independence, OH 44131

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

For a list of attending companies, click the link below and fill out the brief registration form:

http://www.nationalcareerfairs.com/career_fairs/details/OH/Cleveland/February/10/2010/

Bring at least 15 resumes to the event!

See you at the career fair!
This message was sent by: National Career Fairs, 1776 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway Suite 100, Henderson, NV 89012

Monday, January 11, 2010

Any Cleveland People Out There Looking 4 Jobs??

Date: Wednesday, February 10

Location: Doubletree Hotel Cleveland South
6200 Quarry Lane
Independence, OH 44131

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

For a list of attending companies, click the link below and fill out the brief registration form:

http://www.nationalcareerfairs.com/career_fairs/details/OH/Cleveland/February/10/2010/

Bring at least 15 resumes to the event!

See you at the career fair!
This message was sent by: National Career Fairs, 1776 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway Suite 100, Henderson, NV 89012

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I'm Not, but I Am!

I haven't made any New Year's resolutions;
but I am thankful to be alive.
I haven't purposely tried to piss anybody off;
but I am hoping that kindness will find me.
I'm not going to expect anything from anybody;
but I am always going to be hopeful.
I'm not going to be a doormat;
but I am going to consider the feelings of thers.
I'm not finding it easier to live with others;
but I am not lonely.
Of all the things I'm not, there's a
joy in knowing all the things I AM!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Stupid NYC Cab Drivers At Christmas!

Hola!  Bonjour! and everyone else!

This morning, I go into my Santa mode!  Every year, I purchase little gifts for colleagues at work; specifically office staff, who take crap from everybody!  Most years I have made them gifts (earrings, bracelets, etc.)  Last year, I made ceramic kitchen magnets.  (Useless, I know!)  But unique!  (admit it).

So, I'm leaving the house with two doubled shopping bags filled with gifts in pretty, red wrapping paper!  I love giving gifts!  Since Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I go to the sidewalk (on my side of the street) and hail a cab!  I get in and tell him we need to go back in the other direction to 23 Avenue.  23rd Avenue and 31 Street.  I felt instant "attitude" from the driver.  My side of the street's traffic goes toward the bridge to Manhattan!  Oh well, too bad!  So, moreon makes a sharp U-turn on this major drag 21st street!  He keeps asking me, "21 Avenue?"  I respond, "NO! twenty-three avenue, and thirty-one street, in between the block, you'll see a BIG school!"  I start twiddling my thumbs.  (A sign of annoyance.  I do this a LOT!)  In a couple of blocks, he asks me, "31st Avenue?"   "NO! I respond.  Veinte-uno, and I realize he's not Hispanic!  I wasn't sure what language to use, although I'm limited in that department!  Tw-en-ty thr-ee Av-en-ue AND th-ir-ty fir-st STREET!"  I'm patting my leg, my purse with my right hand, and making piano playing motions with my left hand!  We get to 23rd Avenue, and he hesitates as he's not sure this is the street I told him to turn! My eyes start rolling back in my head, at which time, I notice his windows are so FILTHY, he can't see out!  When we get to 31st Street, he stops, "Here?"   "NO!  in between the next block."  I can see the BIG school from the BACK SEAT!!!  I put my head thru the square acrylic hole behind the driver, pointing, "Do you see the BIG school there???"  He proceeds.  At the gas station, he stops, "Here??"  I just point and say, "SCHOOL!"  Merciful Heavens!!!

He pulls over in front of the school, and there's a mound of snow that I'm worried about being able to step over with my two bags of holiday cheer!  I proceed to swipe my money card!  He yells, "YOU HAVE TO PICK AN OPTION FIRST!"  Yeah, okay!  I know I'm blind as a bat in the morning!  So, as I'm swiping, he starts bitching, saying, "YOU need to cross the street and get a cab going in the direction I'm going!"  I respond, "YOU need to pick up fares and go WHEREVER they tell you to go!"  He says, "I'm not making any money coming here!"  "TOO BAD!"  He begins to tell me that I MADE him take a U-turn on my street.  Nobody told this moreon to make an illegal turn on a street where DOUBLE YELLOW lines are clearly marked!  He begins... and before I hear a sound, I yell, "You need to SHUT your mouth, thank God for a job, and be more courteous, and if you say ONE MORE THING OUT OF YOUR MOUTH, I'm taking your driver number, calling and placing a complaint about you, and I WILL be present at the hearing!"  He shuts his mouth, and I'm sitting!  He asks me if I'm getting out!  I say when I get a receipt!

I get out and slam the door hoping it would fall off the hinges!
Does a person have to really "GO THERE," and ruin a perfectly wonderful day??

Thursday, December 17, 2009

School Christmas Concerts...Bah Humbug!

I just wanted to give a shout out to the music teacher in my school. 

She is a bundle of happy and peppy and bursting with love, music and joy!  She's from Russia, an accomplished musician and during the school year, she puts on two HUGE concerts.  Let me go back a little bit!  Years ago, I was the music cluster in my school.  First of all, I have a serious problem with Kindergarten.  They don't understand a word I say, and frankly, I don't freakin' understand them either!  I'm a 3, 4, 5th, 6th and 7th grade enthusiast.  The younger grades make me want to hang myself in the cafeteria! 

OK, back to Daria.  She gets those kids singing, and even in the craziness of kids, she has so much energy and patience.  Nothing bothers her!  My principal miraculously spends money for the music program that she, "did not have," when I was contemplating suicide.  What's up with that??   So, Daria is more than able to get the most kid-friendly, excitable music ever!  No "regular Christmas carols.  She's to be commended!  Did I mentioned she going into her third trimester of her first baby!  Need I say more??  Ebenezer Scrooge would understand!

She amazing!  Happy Baby!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Scheme of Things...

Just a few questions that I can't seem to figure out!

1.  Why do men say one thing, and mean another?
2.  If there's an opportunity that comes along, why do we question it?
3.  Why is there never enough time to take care of necessary things?
4.  What is it about me that bothers people?
5.  Why do I try to figure out what's on special after I'm in the store, when circulars are in the lobby of my building on Thursdays?
6.  Why is my favorite color my favorite color?
7.  What is my dog thinking about when he's wedged between me and hubby?  (When I used to sleep with him)  hahaa
8.  What are the lottery numbers for tomorrow?  And why can't I ever win?
9.  How could somebody think God is a female?
10.  How could somebody be so  insensitive to say dogs don't go to heaven because they have no soul!
11.  Where does the time go?  (I have the answer to that, "It went that'a way!!)
12.  When you're past 50, why do you begin to fear death, and feel it coming on fast?
13.  Why is it that when you've been hurt, people say, "You'll get over it?"

I'm just venting!  But to all my blogger friends, Happy Shopping, if you're shopping!  I HATE shopping!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Can We Talk a Little Bit About James Brown?



James Brown, the hippest, funkiest, dancingest, innovative, self-proclaimed Godfather of Soul has been a tremendous force to the world of R&B, Funk, Soul and Rap Music.  He has been tagged, “Soul Brother Number One,” “the Godfather of Soul,” “the Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” “Mr. Dynamite” and even “the Original Disco Man.”  The funkmeister of all times reigned from 1956 to his untimely death on Christmas Day, 2006.  (What other icon could die and have some of us crying on Christmas?) 
Statistics say he had ten “top 10” hits.   Somehow, I would have thought it’d be more. And, the beauty of the Internet gave me the fact that he placed 99 songs on the chart in a 30 year time span.  Good gracious alive!

But what I really woke up today thinking about was, how in the world did he come up with those lyrics?   “Popcorn,” was the one that came to mind today!  Hahahhhhaaaaaa,  what is a “Mother Popcorn?”   AND, I don't think I ever learned to do the "Popcorn."  Can somebody send me a link for it on Youtube?   Okay, it was inspired by the popular dance, “The Popcorn” which Brown made that year. Other titles included "Let a Man Come In and Do the Popcorn."  To further our education in doing the Popcorn, there was an A-side and a B-side.  Six minutes and 13 seconds of words that I don’t understand!  And to top ot off, Vicki Anderson recorded the answer song "Answer to Mother Popcorn (I Got a Mother for You)", also in 1969.Let’s look at Mr. Brown’s lyrics. 

Yeah... Popcorn...
Some like'em fat, some like'em tall
Some like'em short, skinny legs and all
I like'em all, huh, I like'em proud
And when they walk
You know they draw a crowd
See, you got to have a mother for me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, popcorn

(Okay, I understand the first paragraph.  I’m not a total idiot!)

Look where, there was a time
When I was all alone
I had a secret, all done is done
Somebody done me, so now I see
What you are doin', brother
Stay ahead of me 

But when I get funky, I do the sap
And when I want lovin'
Mother, she got to have
Say, you got to have a mother for me
Yeah, popcorn

Uh-huh, yeah... popcorn, huh
Ah, ah, popcorn, oh, oh
Good God, yeah, look it here

Do the popcorn and do the horse
Show everybody where you're at
You got to be boss
When you do your little thing
Step in a small ring, and jump back, baby
James Brown is gonna do his thing
Popcorn, yeah...
Sometimes, sometimes I feel low
Sometimes I'm feelin' low
I call another brother, talkin' about Macy O.
Macy O., blow your horn... I don't want no trash, huh
Give me some popcorn...

WTF???


If you’re at a party this Christmas and they play this song, I hope you’re like me and FOOTFL (fall out on the floor laughing) over this song! 

Sunday, December 6, 2009

To Have Generous Hearts



Father, I pray for (name one or more) and others in my circle of family and friends to be generous people...

May their generosity begin with You as they give You their tithes and offerings, believing Your promise that as they do, You will throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that they'll not have room enough for it. (Malachi 3:8–10)

Help them grow in the grace of giving, giving to others as much as they are able, willing to give even beyond their ability because they trust in You and have given themselves to You according to Your will. May they be generous, always willing to hear the cry of the poor and willing to share. (2 Corinthians 8:7b; Romans 12:6, 8b; 2 Corinthians 8:2–5; Proverbs 21:13; 22:9; 1 Timothy 6:18)

May they sow generously and reap generously—pressed down, shaken together, and running over! Help them be cheerful givers to those in Christian service, and then supply all their needs from Your riches in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 9:6; Luke 6:38; Philippians 4:15–19)

Help them to give beyond their means. In Jesus' name, Amen.
- Jim & Kaye Johns
Source: "Prayers for the Moment: One-Minute Scripture Prayers" Copyright September 2006. Reprinted with permission of B&H Publishing Group

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Moments


There has to be moments when you get a flashback
of some other place, some other time!
Most people look back and say,
"I wish I coulda, woulda, shoulda, and wondered
what if, etc. These things take your mind off what is NOW. 
Was there a moment when you tried getting your point across,
and to others you were you really a mime?
A lot of people experience being ignored, and need to be heard. 
Sometimes when east is west, and west is east,
Still in abundance we're blessed to feast.
Sometimes people don't know if they're coming or
going, but there's always something deep inside that
tells you how good God is to each of us, and how
blessed we are when feast on those blessings each day!
Though days of uncertainty continue to unfold,
the landscape of our lives, everyday to behold!
With gladness or sorrow, we walk out each day,
but never miss a moment with which to pray!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Every day....


The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

[Rubaiyat - Omar Khayyam]

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Wind's Fingers...

Out and up above me, a presence gathered 'round.
A cluster of my locks, usually soft and flexible,
became windswept, talkative and rambling.
The strands with split ends that had
been secure became unsecure,
what had been one, gave way to its parts,
at the base and loosed at the ends.
 I felt steely hands wrap itself around my head. 
Cold fingers massaged my temples and
covered my ears from the bite. 
What should have been icy,
these fingers gave way to warmth,
like a mother's arms. 
Could it have been warmed
by the warmth of my body? 
It seemed to care that my unprotected
appendages were at its will, and felt
sorry?
He shared the news that he
was here to stay, but just for awhile,
and that we could become friends. 
"Walk in the direction I walk," he said. 
"Listen to my voice," he sang, as he
covered me from his brothers.
Look for me, and I will travel with you.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Send One Your Love....

This past Sunday, someone very dear to me that I've known since I was a teen, passed away!  Edna Seaberry was one of the Sunday School teachers in the church I grew up in when I came to Brooklyn to live with an aunt!  I lost a phone number of a mutual friend and called Edna's house to get it, and one of her nieces answered the phone telling me that she had passed that morning!  I felt like my heart stopped for a bit! 

I had to make a close connection to Edna, very early, because she had one of the most amazing smiles in all the world.  Edna was welcoming, loving, and most of all, she walked in a Christ-like way!  She was a true lady in her walk and in her talk!  She was nothing like the church lady that you might have seen made sport of on Saturday Night Live.  Although she did seem to have a different hat on each Sunday, wore nice clothes, had an awesome mink coat or two, and looked like everyday should be the Easter Parade, she was more than what she wore.  She had a husband who made sure she had more than what she needed!

Edna was genuine on the "inside."  She took on the responsibility of putting the Word of God in our hearts, so we may call on them in times of need!  Now looking back, that was an important job assigned to her.  She did her job very well!  And although I didn't go to church frequently for a few years as an adult, I was convicted to go back to church to worship with other believers.  It's not that one cannot worship on their own time, or in their way, but it's according to the Law of Christ, "Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together." Hebrews 10:24-25 (KJV).  The church should minister to you, and make every family!

As in the past, churches today have loads of activities: singles, marriage retreats, worship ministries, children's church, celebrations (birthdays, etc.)  But you know, I think I had more fun as a kid growing up in the Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn.  There were bus outings to state parks, where you could picnic, and run around like crazy!  I loved to sing, and being in choirs helped me.  There was Girl Scouts, which I believe helped me to acquire some skills that makes up a great percentage of who I am today!  There were other significant people in my church life, but today, I'm giving thanks and Kudos to Edna Seaberry of Camden, SC.

Edna's house was always the hub of friends and family gatherings.  I became friends with many of her family by being at her home so much!  There would be fish fries, cookouts, every weekend, holiday love and fellowship.  Edna cooked the most amazing fried Okra and Cornbread.  Heartstopping, yes!  But, oh so heavenly!   There would also be Edna's HUGE german shepherd, Butch!   Her husband also helped me learn how to drive!  I have missed, James and Butch, and now will miss Edna!

May God wrap His loving arms around her for eternity, and may the people she touched and blessed, always keep her memory alive!

So, with all that, if there's someone who positively affected your life, and you can get in touch with them, do so today!  One day you might think of doing it, and it might be just a "moment" too late!