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A SOUL-WARMING GIFT

Lise offered a bowl,

Warming up my soul…

Home-cooked chili

And gave it willingly,

With yogurt to spice control!

J.E.C.

MY “SISTER” MARY

MY “SISTER” MARY

(a few years ahead of me in school)

Today I thought of Mary,

Who made Methodist time merry…

Her guitar

Made her our star,

‘Though the woman was ordinary.

Like me was milked for what she did,

And after a while she just hid…

No one to care

Beyond her talent there,

Doing as others bid.

I think she left the church,

Being ignored was a besmirch…

Spiritually

Starving like me,

Began her own soul search.

What’s happened I don’t know,

Has she found that God’s Love glow…

Or have some one’s arms

Betrayed her charms

Bringing her life down low?

–Jonathan Caswell

MOVING: A PAIN!

MOVING: A PAIN!

Office moving’s a pain,

But part of a business’ claim…

On its employees

To high-tail it please,

For better space usage obtained.

Unofficially I shouldn’t care,

My walking tour is all over there…

My friends one and each

Take longer to reach,

Unless they walk by my chair.

Many offices are moving upstairs

Making room for fashioning lairs…

For who knows whom

Will take over that room,

Such the nature of business affairs!

–Jonathan Caswell

ANSWERS TO MEGAN’S SURVEY

ANSWERS TO MEGAN’S SURVEY

(See two posts prior to this one)

(http://www.greaterowego.com/communitypress/1997/12-97/No.12htm/ )

A picture of one of “my babies” being moved from where I first met and helped feed him!

ANSWERS TO MEGAN’S SURVEY

(Megan…I hope you are reading…!)

1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FRUIT FLAVOR?

Watermelon….in sherbet form.

2. WHICH TWO FRIENDS CAN YOU SEE TOGETHER AS A COUPLE?

Not sure…which group of friends?  Most that I think would be–already are!   🙂

3. WHICH SITCOM CHARACTER DO YOU RELATE TO?

I don’t watch sitcoms…ain’t worth my time…or my wife’s.

4. HAPPIEST MOMENT IN MY LIFE?

Believe it or not….(don’t tell my Diana) it wasn’t getting married.  It happened when I was offered the chance to live in a caboose and become the caretaker of a railroad museum…and lasted about ten seconds!  Then reality set in.  I needed to find a job to help support myself (already being unsuccessful at that)…the caboose needed to be procured, transported via some called-in favors by my benefactor…rebuilt and restored.  That dream never happened!  But the museum was in Flemingville, NY, near Owego, where I had been volunteering several years.  The above picture shows our #12…being moved from that museum…to one near Rochester, NY, after I’d left the area.

5. IF YOU KNEW THIS WAS YOUR LAST DAY ON EARTH, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT?

Try to prepare my Diana for it and spend time mostly with her, praying and singing praises to our Lord Jesus Christ.

6. RATE ALL YOUR FRIENDS AS TO SENSE OF HUMOR:

Can’t–too many friends—-I can think of one or two without ANY….but they shall remain nameless!   😦

7. IF GRANTED THREE WISHES?…

I don’t know.  God created me this way…and folks are blessed by it.  I’d love it that my wife would not have to deal with her pain anymore…but would it be any easier to live with her…or to live with me?  I do not handle large amounts of additional cash very well.  I could wish to do better what I know needs done and I don’t do….but that decision is already within my grasp and choosing.  I guess if I could ease more suffering, I ‘d want to do that.

8. NAME ONE ANNOYING HABIT OF ANY OF YOUR FRIENDS, WHICH YOU’D LIKE TO CHANGE?

My big and near constant peeve is when people–family, friends, wife, strangers–automatically assume they know what I’m thinking or what I want and act as though I had already in fact told them and asked for certain actions they then proceed to do.

Do I look or act or give the impression of being an imbecile or someone who needs or desires being babied???????   This apparent impression I give….I’d love to change!!!!!

9. PET PEEVES–See above!

10. FIVE YEARS FROM NOW?—Running out of space for these answers!

11. WHAT IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY?–We don’t play it. We’d lose the roof over our heads and the security attached to it.

12. IF YOU WERE BORN THE OPPOSITE GENDER, HOW WOULD THINGS BE DIFFERENT?

For one thing….Mom would have been disappointed…she did want another boy…but her neighbor would have crowed…she thought I was to be a girl…and gave me a girl’s doll before I was born.  Probably my older brother would have disliked me just as much.

13. WOULD YOU BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO SPEND AN ENTIRE HOUR ALONE IN A CEMETERY?

At night?  Been there–done that–during the day.  My Lord would protect me.  If it were a certain one in Hillcrest, NY, the remains of my parents would be there.

(Boy….this is a LONG SURVEY!!!!)

14. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WISH YOU COULD DO IF GIVEN THE CHANCE?

Make love to my wife?  🙂

15. (GETTING TIRED OF THE ITALICS!!!!) IS THERE LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS?

If there is, I sure hope that what my wife says is true….that God won’t allow us to infect them with our sin nature!

16. GOT PHOBIAS?????

Yeah.  Biggest one seems to be large groups of people…focussing on me!

17. WEIRDEST THING I’VE DONE?

Let someone talk me into dressing in drag.   The cure worked for my depression, but I’ll never do that again (had my own shorts and short pants and T-shirt underneath)….thank God!!!!!

18. IF I COULD BE ANYONE????

“Is this the best of all possible worlds?”

19. FAVORITE THING ABOUT ME  (WHICH ONE?)?

About Megan:   taking her limitations and running with them…not being afraid of making a life for herself.

20. HOW LONG CAN YOU HOLD YOUR BREATH?

not much over a minute…if that.  Wouldn’t make a good action hero underwater or in noxious gases!!!!

21. THREE THINGS IF STRANDED ON AN ISLAND…?

The Good Book (large-print Bible), a cup or bowl, a knife.

22. GONE BUNGEE OR PARAGLIDING?

I’d break the cord…or I am rather afraid of heights and speed!

23. END OF THE WORLD?

By fire…Bible says so…but how that fire is set is anyone’s guess.  Doesn’t rule out plague, famine, ecological disaster, volcanoes, meteorites or human stupidity and pride…all of these are mentioned in Bible prophecy!

24. DO YOU BELIEVE THE END IS THIS YEAR?

“Maranatha”–Lord come quickly–He says to be ready, when it comes!   I take life day-by-day–how about you?

25. (Have the cows come home yet?) WHAT IS AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND?

Actually getting most chores AND what we want  to get done…done…AND church….AND enough sleep!!!!

26. WHAT ARE FIVE THINGS I CANNOT DO WITHOUT?

My God, my wife, a C-PAP machine, electricity, a feeling of being loved and/or useful.

27. HOPES AND DREAMS?

Many have already been answered…my wife feels she doesn’t have any!   “being….” isn’t always enough for us!  She wants some…we can share…!

28. FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK?

Each has its own character and charm.

29. CAT OR DOG PERSON?

I relate better (I think) to cats….but dogs can be cool, in their own ways.   Let’s say…I IDENTIFY MORE WITH CATS!!!!!

30.  WORLD DOMINATION OR WORLD PEACE?

In this fallen world (my Christian perspective) it is hard to have one without the other…nearly impossible…if you think about it seriously!   History illustrates this.

31. MY FAVORITE BREAKFAST????

If someone else does it well…!!!!   (And I don’t have to wash dishes!)

32.   FAVORITE COLOR?  —   Blue–folks I care about say it looks good on me!

33. IF LIVING ON ANY OTHER PLANET* WHICH WOULD IT BE?

The New Jerusalem….technically on a “new Earth” See The Book of Revelations 21:1-3.

34. (WHEW!–LAST ONE!)   HOW MANY PLACES HAVE YOU TRAVELED TO?

Out of the U.S.A……Canada (mostly on school trips)…and the Dominican Republic (for ten weeks in the summer of 1984-?) on a summer missions experience with a group from Youth with a Mission.

NOW…WHO WILL JOIN ME IN THIS FESTIVAL OF SELF-EXPOSURE????    –Jonathan Caswell.

FEW UNDERSTAND!!!!

FEW UNDERSTAND!!!

Even close friends will say,

Why don’t you will it away…

Don’t feel bad

Think of all you have,

Don’t let depression hold sway!

The few who do understand

Know my life’s demands…

And struggle with diet

And how I’m too quiet,

Needing more caretaker friends.

Health professionals think counseling

For me would be freeing…

Becoming less tense

Would be immense,

Helping even my breathing!

For me, blood sugar level,

Becomes its own sort of devil…

Unstable as such

Hurts me much,

With consequences to food revels.

A friend is right–it’s self-inflicted–

Resulting in behavior well-predicted…

Planning is key

To live uprightly,

Not staying on course gets one ticketed!

–Jonathan Caswell

A DISH OF POPCORN

A DISH OF POPCORN

Encouragement in many forms

Brightens the outlook and warms…

The cockles of hearts

By fine mystic arts,

Even through shared, popped corns!

 

–Jonathan Caswell

 

 

GOOD TO HAVE FRIENDS!

GOOD TO HAVE FRIENDS!

 

The folks at our church are expressing

Concern at our family’s distressing…

One showed up one day

With a snack food giveaway,

To help with healthy digesting!

Crackers and artichoke spread,

Is new to this greying head…

Will give it a try

(Two jars did he buy!)

To replace the junk food, he said!

Along with broccoli and humus,

I’m not yet washing with pumice…

But bought “Selsun Blue”

For my dry skin too,

The dermatologist made me promise!

Two out of five days this week,

Have no appointments of which to speak…

I plan to sleep in

To regain my wind,

And rest for my body more sleek.

 

–Jonathan Caswell

 

BLOGGER’S BEDTIME PRAYER

BLOGGER’S BEDTIME PRAYER

 

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my blogs to keep…

If I die after I awake

I pray that one more poem I make

(and blog!)

 

–Jonathan Caswell

 

HEARD HER COMING DOWN

HEARD HER COMING DOWN

 

I heard a clank the other day

Methodically on its way,

Down the stairs behind my desk…

I knew that she was coming.

Her nephew had come by of late

To get the car she’d appreciate,

To drive it which she cannot do…

Because her leg was bumming.

I watched her progress to descend

Encouraging a colleague and friend,

Who still has a long road ahead…

And my heart started drumming.

‘T were not from her exertion

Or emotional coercion,

But from professional fondness…

My caring for her challenge not numbing.

It has no chance to grow

This feeling within my soul,

Suffice to say I feel for her struggle…

And that, in a nutshell, is my summing.

 

–Jonathan Caswell

 

DEEP-SEATED

DEEP-SEATED

 

He loves to sing and pray

But his social skills drive him away…

Worshipping God

He’s frightened (how odd)

Of standard social interplay.

When his wife came too,

He had strategy to get through…

During their walk

He’d let her talk

For him and he’d listen too.

He knows that at church are his friends,

But the struggle for words never ends…

Without wife in play

There’s little to say,

Without the one on whom he depends.

 

–Jonathan Caswell