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Gay Pride! June 23, 2011

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learning something new!)

DATE: Sunday June 26

TIME: 12 Noon

STARTS at: Halsted & Belmont

LINE UP: Halsted Street (from Belmont Avenue to Fullerton Parkway)

ROUTE: Step off from Halsted/Belmont corner, proceeding north on Halsted; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey, to Cannon Drive (in Lincoln Park).

Ok yet AGAIN this year I’m gonna miss the parade. I’ve been wanting to go and watch it for years. Just like I’ve wanted to go to the St. Pat’s Parade AND Shefield Garden Walk. Dern it…

The parade will feature 250 registered entries including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents.

The entries represent community organizations, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members.

Crowd estimates each year are in the hundreds of thousands. So the plans are to line the parade route with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. (Only parade registrants traveling down the middle of the street, police officers, other city officials, parade marshals and credentialed media reps will be allowed in the street).  

The Chicago Pride Parade, also colloquially (and formerly) called the Chicago Gay Pride Parade or PRIDE Chicago, is the annual gay pride parade held on the last Sunday of June in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. It is considered the culmination of the larger Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, as promulgated by the Chicago City Council and Mayor of Chicago.

The first parade was organized on Saturday, June 27, 1970, as a march[1] from Washington Square Park (“Bughouse Square”) to the Water Tower at the intersection of Michigan and Chicago avenues, which was the route originally planned, and then many of the participants extemporaneously marched on to the Civic Center (now Richard J. Daley) Plaza.[2] Today the parade takes place through the main streets of Lake View East, a neighborhood enclave of the Lakeview community area. Recent parades have started at noon on Halsted Street, proceeding north from Belmont Avenue, passing the Center on Halsted at Waveland Avenue; south on Broadway (at Grace Street) to Diversey Parkway and east on Diversey Parkway to Cannon Drive.

With the increasing political participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans and the community’s relatively high financial resources through political action groups and as individual donors, Illinois politicians have increased their presence at the Chicago Pride Parade. Both the Illinois Democratic and Republican parties have been heavily represented, most noticeably by former Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, and former Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican. Both had strong support from many gay and lesbian voters.

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What a storm June 21, 2011

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TUNES TUESDAY – (enjoy grooving on a Tuesday with some
music, especially an old favorite or something totallynew!!)

Rain drops keep fallin’ on my head…tonight was one of the scariest drives home I’ve had in a storm. People were driving 25 MPH and I got next to a swerving 18 wheeler. YIKES!

So let’s hear a sweet rain drops song tonight:

Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ on my Head: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VILWkqlQLWk

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Flirting for Rhubarb June 6, 2011

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MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

Yes I did exactly that on Sunday. I stopped to buy me a few perennials and asked to see the guy’s yard. So we walked and talked and I admired his flowers. A man with flowers oh be still my heart!!!

He showed me some of his beauties that weren’t for sale and with a little winkie wink, I had that man digging up his prizes for me! And as I admired his GIANT rhubarb, he asked if I’d like to take some home. I said why yes of course I would. I’ve been wanting to make some rhubarb tasty treat and my sad looking rhubarb is tiny! Men are such suckers for us telling them their things are big aren’t they?

Since it’s it’s hotter than blazes, today’s drink is just plain ole lemonade.  But homemade lemonade. Not that crap from a can people!

Perfect Lemonade Recipe


1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice
3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely. While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

Serve with ice, sliced lemons.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

3 c. fresh or frozen rhubarb (1 inch pieces)
1 qt. fresh strawberries, mashed
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 c. sugar
1/3 c. cornstarch

3  c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract


1/4 c. butter
3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar

In large saucepan, combine rhubarb, strawberries and lemon juice. Cover and cook over medium heat about 5 minutes. Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir into saucepan. Bring to a boil; stirring constantly until thickened; remove from heat and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat buttermilk, eggs and vanilla; stir into crumb mixture. Spread half of the batter evenly in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.Carefully spread filling on top. Drop remaining batter by tablespoons over filling. For topping, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat, stir in flour and sugar until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter. Lay foil on lower rack to catch any juicy fruit spillovers. Place coffee cake on middle rack; bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool in pan. Cut in squares. Serves 16-20.

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The Oath of the Soldier May 29, 2011

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Toastmaster Speech © Johnny Q. Gogue III 2005, Desert Storm/Shield veteran
Website © 1994 – 2009 SUVCW & David Merchant
Updated 26 May 2005

A Memorial Day Observance Speech
by Johnny Q. Gogue III

Memorial Day – For most it is a three-day weekend, filled with bar-b-que’s and picnics . . . A time to get away from the normal humdrum of the week. For other’s it’s the beginning of summer, a time to look towards the long lazy days and a time to plan your summer get-a-ways. Though for some, Memorial Day holds a special significance.

On May 5, 1868, an order issued by General John Logan established a day of remembrance for those soldiers who died during the Civil War. May 30, 1868, was the day designated for this observance and flowers were placed on the graves of the fallen soldiers of both the Union and Confederate Armies. New York was the first state to officially recognize this observance in 1873 and in 1971 with the passage of the National Holiday Act; Memorial Day was designated as the last Monday of May.

Now for many of us, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean War are ancient history. The Vietnam War a fading memory. But with the recent Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom we, the American people have once again been thrust into a position of remembering those who are fighting and dying today.

I, like my grandfathers, father, uncles and aunt before me, am a veteran. I am and was proud of serving in the Armed Forces. I served in the Army from 1985 to 1994. I was in Operation Desert Storm/Shield. I know what Memorial Day is about.

I have two brothers who are currently serving. One brother is serving in the Navy in Italy. My youngest brother, who is currently serving in the Army, is right now in Iraq supporting and defending his fellow soldiers. I know what Memorial Day is about.

Memorial Day for all soldiers is embodied in the words of the oath that you first take when you enlist into the service of the country:


This oath taken by each and every soldier exemplifies the reason why soldiers do what they do each and every day. Soldiers are defenders of the same principles that made this country great. They stand as Patriots to defend and protect the ideals and sentiments espoused in the Constitution of the United States. Soldiers bear true faith and allegiance to that document and they work, and live, within the Codes of Military Justice. Soldiers also obey the orders of the President of the United States and the Officers appointed over them. These truths are self evident in the everyday lives of soldiers.

Now, as we see our fellow citizens arrive back from a foreign land, we should not forget those words that each and every soldier spoke upon enlistment. Because when we look upon a returning soldier from conflict, a disabled veteran, or a grave marker – those words should ring in your conscience.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . . streaming from the eyes of the returning soldier. That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the Officers appointed over me . . . sounding from the stumbling gait of the disabled veteran. According to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God . . . blasting from the cold stone face of a grave marker.

Remember those that gave their lives, so that we may continue to live in freedom as spelled out in the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence . . . Lest we forget.


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Rapture in October May 23, 2011

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MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

Come fly away....


Okay lovies – I’m backkkk. I took a much needed vacation in lovely Florida with a couple of good friends. We celebrated our last night on earth by eating lots of crab legs dunked in butta, smoking cigars, drinking beer and doing rapture shots.

Yes I’m 2 days late. But hell that means I didn’t rapture with the rest of the people that went to heaven on Saturday night at 6:00pm. And what 6:00pm  time zone was it supposed to happen in anywho? Actually I was supposed to be on an airplane flying at the time. Good thing it didn’t happen with me on the plane JUST in case I wasn’t rappin’ up to heaven and the pilot who was gonna land my plane did rapture.

So in honor of our still being here in the good ole world, let’s have a rapture drink! Also since you’re not allowed to eat anything you want now because you ate anything you wanted during the last week of your life and gained 10 pounds…Break out the broccoli.

2 oz Bacardi® gold rum
2 oz Absolut® vodka
2 oz Hennessy® cognac
2 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee whiskey
2 oz Red Bull® energy drink
1 oztropical fruit juice
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz orange juice
1 splash grapefruit juice

Place all ingredients n a mixer, stir and serve.

OAKLAND, Calif. — California preacher Harold Camping said Monday his prophecy that the world would end was off by five months because Judgment Day actually will come on October 21.

Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before the Earth was destroyed, said he felt so terrible when his doomsday prediction did not come true that he left home and took refuge in a motel with his wife. His independent ministry, Family Radio International, spent millions — some of it from donations made by followers — on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message.

But Camping said that he’s now realized the apocalypse will come five months after May 21, the original date he predicted. He had earlier said Oct. 21 was when the globe would be consumed by a fireball.

It’s not the first time the independent Christian radio host has been forced to explain when his prediction didn’t come to pass. He also predicted the Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said it didn’t happen then because of a mathematical error.

Rather than give his normal daily broadcast on Monday, Camping made a special statement before the press at the Oakland headquarters of the media empire that has broadcast his message. His show, “Open Forum,” has for months headlined his doomsday message via the group’s radio stations, TV channels, satellite broadcasts and website.

When the Rapture didn’t arrive Saturday, crestfallen followers began turning their attention to more earthly concerns.

Jeff Hopkins had figured the gas money he spent driving back and forth from Long Island to New York City would be worth it, as long as people could see the ominous sign atop his car warning that the End of the World was nigh.

“I’ve been mocked and scoffed and cursed at and I’ve been through a lot with this lighted sign on top of my car,” said Hopkins, 52, a former television producer who lives in Great River, NY. “I was doing what I’ve been instructed to do through the Bible, but now I’ve been stymied. It’s like getting slapped in the face.”

Apocalyptic thinking has always been part of American religious life and popular culture. Teachings about the end of the world vary dramatically — even within faith traditions — about how they will occur.

Still, the overwhelming majority of Christians reject the idea that the exact date or time of Jesus’ return can be predicted.

Tim LaHaye, co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” novels about the end times, recently called Camping’s prediction “not only bizarre but 100 percent wrong!” He cited the bible verse Matthew 24:36, ‘but about that day or hour no one knows” except God.

“While it may be in the near future, many signs of our times certainly indicate so, but anyone who thinks they ‘know’ the day and the hour is flat out wrong,” LaHaye wrote on his Web site, leftbehind.com.

In 2009, the nonprofit Family Radio reported in IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded securities.

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Meow, Baa, Oink April 30, 2011

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SO MUCH FUN SATURDAY – (the greatest day of the week!)

I wanted to share some cool pics with you from the farm I went to on Easter. This is my brother-in-laws family. The Stewart farm of 325 acres that has been in the family for 200 years/7 generations!!!! It was really unique. With an 1868 brick house, barns and even a smoke house that had been redone recently.


We all shared a yummilicious brunch, mimosas, had an Easter egg hunt around the property, and got to pet all the wonderful farm animals. The piggies were squealing and running around their pen (yes of of course I was scratching their heads). And lots of new life is all around. The Stewarts have the cute little boy (pictured with the eggs), the calico farm cat is preggers (perhaps I’ll be able to get one of those little kitties to replace my Boots), and the baby lambs that were kicking up their heels were only 3 weeks old! Their mama was eyeballing us and the lambie boy kept butting our hands. Those boys are tough even at a young age eh?


I even got some fresh brown eggs from the hens to make some French toast with!

French Toast Casserole and Mimosas

Ok I think everyone can figure out how to make a mimosa right? You take a champagne flute, you pour in some champagne and then add in some OJ. Ta da!


  • 1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • Praline Topping, recipe follows
  • Maple syrup


Slice bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.

Praline Topping:

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well.

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Who doesn’t like to pea? April 10, 2011

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SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).

To pea or not to pea that is the question. And here in McHenry, it’s time to pea!

It was in the 80’s today. So being the happy gardener that I am, I decided to put in some peas. Peas are well-suited to cooler temperate climates. In fact, when temperatures exceed 20C (70F), most varieties of peas will stop producing pods. While in Salisbury England, I had mushy peas served with fish and chips. It was incredibly delicious and not something I would have guessed would be served with the fried fish and potatoes. But wow! It was bloody good!

I’ll even share my Stonehenge story with you. We booked a guided trip to see Stonehenge. But unfortunately the bus never showed. We waited and waited and waited and waited. Did I mention we waited? So after an eternity, my traveling companion said Bethsheba, we must go find our own way to Stonehenge or we will never see it. So off we whirled to find a bus to take us to Salibury plain! Our bus arrived and you would be amazed to know that it’s out in the middle of nowhere. No town, no trees, nothing. An awe inspiring side. Having been to other tourist sites around the world, you’d typically see most in the middle of a town.

There is a giant path leading around Stonehenge because you are not allowed to touch the stones anymore. That was a great big disappointment to me. But alas I still got to see one of the wonders of the world…

Now get out there and plant your peas:

Peas are part of the legume (Latin Leguminosae) family of vegetables, which extract nitrogen from the air and store it in little nodules along their roots. For this reason, when the plants finish cropping, dig the roots directly into the soil, where they will slowly decompose and release nitrogen for other plants to use.

Peas are a prime example of the difference between shop purchased vegetables and those fresh from the garden. Fresh peas win every time, on taste, texture and food value, and that includes frozen peas!  

Where To Grow Peas
Peas will grow on most soils, although they prefer a medium well-dug soil with plenty of organic material. Do not add nitrogen to the soil before planting (or after) – peas extract nitrogen from the air sufficient for the needs. An over-rich soil will cause lots of leafy growth, but a reduced cop of peas. Peas like moisture, so do not plant too near walls or fences.

A sunny area is best, although peas are tolerant of partial shade, especially if the shade occurs during the hottest part of the day. Maincrop peas are tall leggy plants (6 ft), and they can easily be damaged if planted in areas exposed to high wind.

Remember that the taller varieties will cast quite a shadow over any other crops nearby. A good plan is to use the space around the pea plants for smaller shade-tolerant plants vegetables – radishes are an excellent choice.  

When To Sow Peas
By sowing a couple of varieties over a month or so, the cropping can be extended from mid-June to mid-September. The table below shows when to sow each type and when they will crop. Specific varieties are recommended later – use the menu on the top left of this page (‘pea varieties’) if you want to go there now.  

Type Sow Harvest  Sow to Harvest
First Early March to June June to September 12 weeks
Second Early March to June June to October 14 weeks
Maincrop March to June July to October 15 weeks

Mushy Peas 


  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen green peas
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Bring a shallow pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add frozen peas, and cook for 3 minutes, or until tender.  Drain peas, and transfer to a blender or large food processor. Add cream, butter, salt and pepper to peas, and process until blended, but still thick with small pieces of peas. Adjust seasonings to taste, and serve immediately.

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All-female Air Force team makes history on Afghanistan mission April 6, 2011

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Maj. Tracy Schmidt, Capt. Leigh Larkin, Maj. Christine Mau and Capt. Jennifer Morton pose for the camera before their mission March 29, 2011, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Schmidt is a 389gh Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle pilot, Larkin is a 389th ESF weapons system officer, Mau is a 455th Expeditionary Wing executive officer and F-15 pilot and Morton is a 389th EFS weapon system officer.


(enjoy learning about a goddess!)


This week’s goddesses are the ‘Strike Eagles of ‘Dudette ’07’!




The “Strike Eagles of ‘Dudette 07′” roared down a runway and flew into history last week as the first-ever all-female combat mission.

The two F-15E jets – two-manned by a pair of female pilots and a pair of female weapon systems officers – took off from Bagram Air Force Base for a sortie over Afghanistan, the Air Force reported Monday.

“I have flown with female pilots before, but this was the first time I have flown in an all-female flight,” Maj. Christine Mau told the Air Force’s news service.

“This wasn’t a possibility when I started flying 11 years ago.”

The other pioneering flyers were Maj. Tracy Schmidt, Capt. Leigh Larkin and Capt. Jennifer Morton.

While the mission was timed to coincide with Women’s History Month, which was in March, it was serious business with the jets flying in support of a large Army operation underway in the Kunar Valley.

Morton, a weapons officer on the mission, said the crew was instructed to provide support for ground troops that had been taking on enemy fire and dodging bombs.

“We were going to support the guys on the ground by probably making some noise, and most likely we were going to have to drop some bombs,” Morton said.

She said she can often hear surprise in the voices of male ground troops coordinating with her on where to provide air support.

“I knew for a fact that a lot of the…Army guys on the ground don’t hear women’s voices very much. So sometimes that’s kind of exciting for them to hear our voices,” Morton said.

“So, for all four of us being female was definitely nice for the ground guys to hear that they had women protecting them,” Morton said.

The Air Force began allowing women to take part in pilot training in 1976.

But it wasn’t until 1993 when a female pilot, 2nd Lt. Jeannie Flynn, flew a combat mission.

“Since 1993, we have had Air Force female pilots in combat positions, and because of that today I feel as a woman I can have whatever job I want,” Morton said.


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https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/meet-an-amazing-goddess/– LAURIE BUCHANAN – HOLESSENCE
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https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/– DENISE GASKELL – SHAKLEE
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https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/– JEANETTE JESKY – OLD FRIEND AND GREAT MOM
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Water for Africa March 27, 2011

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SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).

While visiting my sister in Mosinee WI, I attended a church service with her at the Mosinee United Methodist Church. Their pastor was a wonderful speaker and quite a comedian. I’ve never been in a Methodist church so I decided to read up a bit on it and shared some of that in my blog.

Two of their members showed a film about the plight of people living in Africa. These two women will be attending a walk for water program. I have seen information on the terrible circumstances and it’s just shocking to learn that 3,600 children die per day from drinking poisoned water. The mothers must walk 6-8 hours a day to obtain their dirty water. I was able to donate to the project and the pastor let us know a local person was matching the money dollar for dollar.

United Methodist Church (UMC)  In the US, it ranks as the largest mainline denomination, the second largest Protestant church after the Southern Baptist convention, and the third largest Christian denomination.

The movement which would become the Methodist Church began in the mid-18th century as a movement within the Church of England. A small group of students, including John Wesley, Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, formed on the Oxford University campus. The group focused on Bible study, methodical study of scripture and living a holy life. Other students mocked the group by calling it the “Holy Club” and “the Methodists” for being overly methodical and exceptionally detailed with their Bible study, opinions and lifestyle. Eventually, the Methodists started individual societies or classes for members of the Church of England who wanted to live a more sacred life.

In 1735, the Wesley brothers went to America to preach the gospel to the American Indians in Georgia. Within two years, the “Holy Club” had disbanded. Wesley returned to England and met with a core group of preachers whom he held in high regard. He wrote that “they appeared to be of one heart, as well as of one judgment, resolved to be Bible-Christians at all events; and, wherever they were, to preach with all their might plain, old, Bible Christianity”. These ministers continued their affiliation with the Church of England. Meantime, they began to be convinced of what they believed were biblical truths that were not then popular among Anglicans. Some of their convictions were that “by grace we are saved through faith” and that justification by faith was the doctrine of the Church as well as of the Bible. They preached these conclusions, and salvation by faith became their standing topic.

In a short time, they became popular preachers with large congregations. The former name was then revived and all these gentlemen, along with their followers, became known as Methodists


From the website: In 2005, I traveled with a team from Lake Grove Presbyterian Church on a World Vision trip to Zambia. While visiting the very rural Sikuteke Village, I walked with a woman a half mile to a dry stream bed. In the stream bed was a small water hole–the water was brown with debris floating in it. The woman reached in, scooped the water out with an old hardhat and filled her bucket. I looked at it, thought of my newly born grandson, and asked the woman if she boiled the water before she gave it to her kids to drink. “No,” she said, “I do not have enough fuel.” She was giving this water to her kids. She had no choice. Something happened to me. I felt I had to do something to help..

Since then, many others from our area have traveled to Zambia with World Vision and have had similar experiences. These travelers and other local volunteers established WaterAfrica in order to increase awareness about the need for safe water and sanitation in developing countries and to raise money to help World Vision provide safe water and sanitation for villagers in rural Zambia

WaterAfrica initiatives include Walks for Water and Water Concerts. We speak at churches, schools, and other organizations. We staff information tables at various events and have developed a short video to tell the story. We have raised over $700,000, enough to provide water for almost 20,000 people. http://waterafrica.org/

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The Many Faces of Liz March 24, 2011

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something new!)

Interesting tidbits of Liz….

Liz was born in England and appeared in her first motion picture at the age of nine.

I liked her the best in Cleopatra. Go figure!

When asked why she married so often, she replied “I don’t know, honey. It sure beats the hell out of me.” Taylor hoped to focus on her marriage over her career, and gained weight in an unsuccessful attempt to not receive film roles. Hey I love this one! Burton once disagreed with others about Taylor’s famed beauty, saying that calling her “the most beautiful woman in the world is absolute nonsense. She has wonderful eyes, but she has a double chin and an overdeveloped chest, and she’s rather short in the leg.” On another occasion, however, he praised her lavishly, stating that, “She was unquestionably gorgeous. I can think of no other word to describe a combination of plentitude, frugality, abundance, tightness. She was lavish. She was a dark unyielding largesse. She was, in short, too bloody much.”


Liz was a grandma at 39. At the time of her death she was survived by her four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Taylor was a supporter of Kabbalah and member of the Kabbalah centre. She encouraged long-time friend Michael Jackson to wear a red string as protection from the evil-eye during his 2005 trial for molestation, where he was eventually cleared of all charges.

Taylor had a passion for jewelry. Over the years she owned a number of well-known pieces, two of the most talked-about being the 33.19-carat (6.64 g) Krupp Diamond and the 69.42-carat (13.88 g) pear-shaped Taylor Burton diamond, which were among many gifts from husband Richard Burton. Taylor also owned the 50-carat (10 g) La Peregrina Pearl, purchased by Burton as a Valentine’s Day present in 1969. The pearl was formerly owned by  Mary I of England, and Burton sought a portrait of Queen Mary wearing the pearl. Upon the purchase of such a painting, the Burtons discovered that the British National Portrait Gallery did not have an original painting of Mary, so they donated the painting to the Gallery Her enduring collection of jewelry has been documented in her book My Love Affair with Jewelry (2002).

Taylor devoted much time and energy to related charities, and helped raise more than $100 million to fight the disease. What a woman.




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