a third world momma’s complaint,

Maruchan instant noodles ain’t….



as would be food they’d like to afford—but cain’t.

FROM a news story a number of years ago—it was about the use of cheap instant noodle packets in hunger relief boxes, especially in areas—-like Mexico—where culture puts alot of emphasis upon the preparation of food and family participation in same.—J.E.C.

Amazing Nature . . . . Rare bloom!




Bloomed Mother-in-law’s Tongue. Wow! I have never seen this plant bloom .





Text and image source: Wonderful Plants

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What If-?

CARL GOOCH12:12 PM (1 hour ago)
to JoAnn, Joe, Brenda, Aprile, Ging, me, Regina, Shirley, Mike, Kathy, Joy, Gina, David, Michael, Bobby, Vicki, Brenda, Debra, Christy, Barb, Linda, Karen, Gina, Chris, Caitlyn, Terri, Jay, Patricia, Kathleen, Mary, Carol, Penny, Leann, Darlene, Liz, Sharon, Christine, Kelly, Rose, Regina, Leilani, Carol, Karen, Debra, Arenz, Brian, Gene, Mary, Christine, Jan, Marilyn, Linda

What If?

What if a child is taught there is no purpose to life?

What if a child is taught there is no value to life?

What if a child is taught he is one step from an animal?

What if a child is taught it’s acceptable to act like one?

What will the child think, what conclusion would he draw?

What would be the reason to follow rules or obey the law?

You think it can never happen. You hope it never will.

Take a good look around; doesn’t it give you a chill?

What would the world be like if it was taught a lie?

When theories are taught as facts, how do we die?

The poison smells sweet, it tastes like honey, but beware.

A lie created, used to cover another will get you nowhere. 

If a child is taught no purpose, then no hope will he have.

If a child is taught he has no value, then none will he have.

If a child is taught he is an animal, then he will act as one.

No laws will he follow, except those of the murderous gun.

Warriors, slow to anger as they choose their battles well.

Prepare; go to the source, be ready for the forces of hell.

Arm yourself with the knowledge of that which is true.

The one standing between the child and the devil is: YOU!

Carl A. Gooch ~ 2008 (His Gift to Me)

Thankfulness #9



Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.     Psalm 100

Let Thankfulness rule in your heart. As you thank the Lord for blessings in your life, a marvelous thing happens. It is as if scales fall off your eyes, enabling you to see more and more of His glorious riches. With your eyes thus opened, you can help yourself to whatever you need from his treasure house. Each time you receive one of his golden gifts, let your…

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Hortus Closus


Painting by Fabien Perez

Rencontre de hasard
Parler de tout, de rien,
Prendre un verre de vin
Dans la froideur d’un bar.

Un orchestre criard
Qui n’a rien de divin.
Tout cela est bien vain,
Que faire dans ce bazar?

Vouloir tromper l’ennui,
L’espace d’une nuit
En se laissant aller.

Se perdre dans le bruit,
Ne pas croquer le fruit,
Surtout ne pas chialer.

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Stuffed Peppers – Where Is the Beef?



You think veganism is a recent trend? Think again! You think feminism was invented in the twentieth century? Missed it by about 2400 years!


Meet Orpheus, mythical Ancient Greek poet and musician, a hero of one of the best-known love stories of all times (if you are wondering about the black hole behind his lire, that had been a clock face, and we’ve been looking for a matching 18th century clock for almost twenty years, as this bronze was my in-laws’ wedding present; we are still looking…). Orpheus loved his wife Euridice, but sadly, she died. Inconsolable, Orpheus conceived a fantastic plan: he would go down into the Underworld Kingdom of Hades and beg his mom Percephone, who just happened to be married to Hades at the time, to convince Hades to release his beloved Euridice back into the world of living. Crazy? Not to his mind! If he was…

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