Thursday, November 30, 2017

BITCOIN Explained in 3 Minutes

Bitcoin  has been in the News recently as its value reached $10k on 11.29.2017.  A friend made $4k in just a few days.  Wow. My interest was piqued. However, I keep in mind the same friend's wise and cautious words about Bitcoin:   " ...It looks like a bubble ready to burst.

 Have you heard or used Bitcoin?  Click on the video for a short & simple explaination.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mark Twain: Great Quotes

Writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens, also known as, Mark Twain was born on November 30th, Year 1835.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens


Monday, November 27, 2017

Anthropologie: 30% off Sale of Flower Clutch bag

Here are pictures of the pretty Romantic Florals Clutch Bag at my first sighting of it at the Anthro store. Price $98.  Now on sale with the final price of $41.97

I am tired of little clutch bags which can barely fit a phone + a couple of pieces of make-up. Ideally-sized, in black and designed with one of my favorite things: flowers!

No lining, just leather inside and out.  The exterior flower placement is slightly varied depending on the cut and placement of the template used. Didn't have a chance to check at the store as to where the bags are made, but China is likely because of the low-ish price.

Here is the same pattern in the sold-out Hobo Bag style.  Nice!
pc: Anthropologie
I didn't see the matching saddle bag at the store; nor did it come up in my search thru Anthro online. Sold out??  It's another lovely piece, me thinks.  I finally found it at the UK Anthropologie site (link below).

pc: Anthropologie

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Bob Jones, Sr: Nothing But the Blood

Years ago I was standing by the death bed of an old minister down in Alabama.  The old man had been a preacher for fifty years.  I saw his son, who also was a minister, kneel by his father's bed.

"Father, you have preached for fifty years, and have done more good than any man I know."

The old man, with feeble but distinct voice, said:  "Don't tell me about that, son.  Tell me about the blood (death) of Jesus.  Nothing but the blood of Jesus will do for a dying man."

If a man who had preached for fifty years and who had lived a pure, straight life, in his dying hour had to rely upon the blood of Jesus Christ, don't you ever think there is any hope for you aside from this atoning blood?"

What can wash away my sin?
 Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again?
 Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

~ Bob Jones, Sr

 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  (1 John 1)


Saturday, November 25, 2017

List of a Few Memorable Lincoln Laureate Winners

I chose these guys deliberately.
Vandercook College of Music:
Sat next to Daniel's parents & Voice Prof. during the convocation. Daniel is pursuing a Voice and also a Percussion Major. If my son ever wants to change his degree to Music Education, this school may be a good option.

pc: the lincoln academy of illinois
Wheaton College:
I couldn't ignore WC, of course!  Tryphena does not know my WC sophomore son personally, but daughter Jill (who sat next to Tryphena) made sure to mention his name. I showed the picture to son and he does not recognize her, nor the academic representative.  BTW, I was rather surprised that our friend's son, Caleb G, did not win the award for WC. Talk about student involvement!
pc: the lincoln academy of illinois
McMurray College:
I met Professor O'Hearn at the pre-convocation continental breakfast. Friendly and eloquent.  We discussed Politics a little. Did not seem surprised that I am a Conservative. She is a writer.  I want to read her book when it's eventually published.

Aurora College:
We met Tia during the pre-convocation breakfast. She does speeches often -- I admire this ability in anyone.  Her Mom was not at all surprised that she had won. It's rather usual for her to get an award, says she. As young as Tia is and while still in college, she's already married.

pc: the lincoln academy of illinois

Trinity International University:
What a pleasant surprise! Till the day of the convocation, daughter had not known that Margaret was chosen as the Laureate of her Uni. She is my daughter's old friend whom she met while they worked at Lake Geneva Youth Camp. Small world!

Judson University:
Andrew was the winner at my oldest son's Alma Mater.  Yay!

Trinity Christian College:
Son in Law Daniel attended Trinity Christian College during his freshman and sophomore years.   Congrats to Roberto!

Keelah was the winner at my second-born daughter's Alma Mater. Our daughter got a full-ride at this school.  Good times!

Dr Goldman, the academic Rep for the winner Kara, was friendly and spent a few minutes talking to me and hubby before the convocation. He had a hand in the decision of who got the  2018 Order of Lincoln Award -- which he rightfully could not yet divulge to us at the time, though we had jokingly asked for the names, LoL.  My daughter's Father-in-Law graduated from this school many years ago... back in the day when it was memorable for being a party school.

Last, but not least, East-West University:
I was looking forward to meeting this particular Student Lincoln Laureate winner.  EWU was my former employer -- back in the day when I was newly married and had only 1 child. During this season in life & while employed there, I made at least two very important decisions that I would change in a heartbeat if it were possible. Whenever Hillary Clinton spoke of glass ceilings, this was what I thought of while there: "And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass..."  (Deut. 28)

The pay was low, and the lack of advancement obvious.   Far more important, priceless things were waiting for me at home. Why didn't I quit sooner? Sigh. Lord, give me beauty for ashes.

Anyhoo, I am grateful for the work experience. Told Laureate-winner Kisha to give the head honchos my regards and a sincere "Hello!"

Sound advice from King Solomon to all the student laureates (and to young Moms):


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Almost-perfect Men in Uniform

Thankful for these guys/gals in our Military who possess the character trait of discipline. Nary a whiner nor complainer among them.  What a refreshing contrast to the many indulged "children" raised by godless Parents who populate our complain-all-you-want-at-all-times country!  

  In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC , our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment.

They respectfully declined the offer, 'No way, Sir!' Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930. 
God Bless and Keep Them.  We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.  K.C. Fridd, fb 
(B) Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier Guard Gets Stabbed – His Response Is Quickly Going Viral


written by
  Christina Cordova 
The guards that stand watch over the Tomb of the Unknowns are chosen only from the 3rd U.S. Infantry, or “The Old Guard,” and they’re not chosen lightly. As one of the most elite posts a soldier can hold, the job of Tomb Sentinel requires unwavering dedication, perfection and precision. The role consists of standing guard over the Tomb for half an hour; once the half hour is up, a lone Sentinel will be relieved of his duty by another, but not before a white glove inspection of the rifle being held is performed. While the Tomb Sentinels appear to be as close to perfect as any human is likely to get, a recent incident reminds us that even they have not achieved perfection.
At a recent Changing of the Guards ceremony, the relief Commander dropped the rifle on the guard’s foot. What makes this event extraordinary (outside of the fact that the Commander dropped the rifle) is that the bayonet went straight through the guard’s foot. While you or I or any other person likely would have yelped out in pain, this guard barely even flinched...
Read the rest of the article HERE 

The Old Guard


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Great Economic News Under President Trump That No One Tells You

Did you know?  Things are rebounding robustly!  The year 2017 has been a banner year for the US economy. Hubby has been on OT all year long at his manufacturing company, hoorah!  We are sincerely thankful to God for His financial blessings thru this Administration.   Watch the video below. 

There are 110 fewer White House employees working for President Trump than working for President Obama. Every penny counts: 

In case you think Mr Obama was behind this economic rebound, read on:


Monday, November 20, 2017

Food Maker: Honey Crisp Apples

I'd recently re-discovered the Honey Crisp apple thru the link below posted via FB.  Otherwise, I was not one to purposefully shop for the Honey Crisp.  I preferred FUJI (IMO, the perfect cross between Red Delicious  & Ralls Janet apples); followed by the Red Delicious.

 After reading the articles and tasting them anew, the Honey Crisp is now my choice #2 among apples. I've also come to find out that it's the favorite of my oldest son and 3rd-born daughter.

FUJI apples, pc: wikipedia
IMO, the must-have basic survival needs of all humans are: Water, Food, Shelter, Clothing.  Of these four, what would be do-able and will result in the most good for the vast majority of people on Earth, is the development or Food and/or new food sources.  It will bring the most bang for the buck.  It is an opportunity waiting to happen for anyone out there who may be ambitious of praise and fame and fortune.
 (Recommended reading:  Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg).

Here's one fellow who did just that. Years of research and work brought about the Honey Crisp Apple.  He's also a Wheaton College graduate (David Bedford, Class of '73)! Click on links for full articles.

The Apple of His Eye
see p.17

Apple Breeder

pc: the splendid table

Apples are mentioned in the Bible. We all know how sensitive our eyes are. God is as "sensitive" as an eye to the treatment of others towards His people (the Jews).  They are a chosen group that God has used to convey the message of eternal Salvation in the PERFECT Jew -- the Lord Jesus Christ.
God's tender care of Israel


Focal Point: The Perfect Apple

Malus pumila 'Honeycrisp'

FUJI Apple

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food


Saturday, November 18, 2017

College Daughter's Lincoln Laureate Award Ceremony

The convocation of the prestigious Lincoln Laureate award for Illinois college  & university seniors -- our daughter in particular -- was held at the Old State Capitol Building, Springfield Illinois.  We are so very proud of her!  Thank You, Lord God!

assigned spots for group photo

group picture with Governor & Mrs Rauner

one of the double-stairs leading to Hall of Representatives

DD in foreground; Governor Rauner at podium area
"You must be the Mom.  Congratulations!" -- Mrs Rauner to me