Simple Gifts*

Published June 25, 2017 by zuzusays

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The song Simple Gifts is a hymn written in the 1840s by a member of the Shaker Community. The Shakers were a religious sect that migrated to America from England in the late 1700s. Their religious principles focused around being satisfied with the simplistic existence and the natural environment. The community produced a lot of very simple items which they sold to maintain their existence. The items stressed simplicity and functionality. You may have even heard of Shaker furniture which is still prized today by many people.

Every season seems to bring with it particular “simple gifts”. This spring was no exception. I have been struggling with an extended period of depression, but with the arrival of spring came certain “gifts” that I always look forward to. One of the earliest is, after a long, cold winter, just sitting in the warmth of the sun and feeling my body warm…

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Doctors, Diagnoses and Days

Published June 4, 2017 by zuzusays

Sunlight Shining Through Cloud

by Fred Marx

Before I retired, there wasn’t time enough to add something to my life, even if that something was important and I ached to do it. When I retired and moved to Colorado, my activity level did not change as expected and I could not squeeze  anything new into life.

Well, it must be something important — whatever it is — because I received the ultimate notification just recently: ‘You have heart disease and it could kill you. But it won’t, this time. You’ll live a long and healthy life and you’ll get an inarguable second chance to do this thing for once and for all.’

‘Voice-Of-God’ notifications are rare, I think. Too often you and I have seen them used to give legitimacy to a project wanting to be done by the receiver. I don’t know how God uses his voice. So let’s just say that if such…

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Parenting: Are We Getting a Raw Deal?

Published May 21, 2017 by zuzusays



12711307_10206480078338131_5829653117437408897_oSummer 1974. I’m 9 years old. By 7:30 am, I’m up and out of the house, or if it’s Saturday I’m up and doing exactly what my father, Big Jerry, has told me to do. Might be raking, mowing, digging holes, or washing cars.

Summer 2016. I’m tiptoeing out of the house, on my way to work, in an effort not to wake my children who will undoubtedly sleep until 11 am. They may complete a couple of the chores I’ve left in a list on the kitchen counter for them, or they may eat stale Cheez-its that were left in their rooms 3 days ago, in order to avoid the kitchen at all costs and “not see” the list.

If you haven’t noticed, we’re getting a raw deal where this parenting gig is concerned. When did adults start caring whether or not their kids were safe, happy, or popular?…

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Two Scams in One – Phony Tech Support and Overpayment

Published April 29, 2017 by zuzusays

This one happens to us frequently. Don’t fall for it ever.

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This message brought to you on behalf of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.

For years, crooks have charged victims to repair nonexistent problems on their computers in order to gain access to sensitive personal and financial information stored inside. Now they’ve added a new scam: trying to talk you into long-term technical support that is actually just an excuse to swindle you out of as much as $10,000.

It starts when you agree to charge the tech support membership to your credit card. The scammers call back a few days later to say the company is closing and needs your bank account information so they can to refund money directly into your checking account. To get the so-called refund, they take a large cash advance from your own credit card and deposit it into your account. Next, the con artists claim that they’ve accidentally overpaid you by thousands of…

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Jury Duty Scammers Still Working the Phones

Published April 29, 2017 by zuzusays

Thanks for sharing this.

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This message brought to you on behalf of North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein.

North Carolinians continue to receive calls from phony sheriff’s deputies who claim they skipped jury duty and a subsequent court date. The caller says a warrant has been issued for your arrest, or soon will be, but you can pay a fine now and avoid being arrested.

These con artists are trying to exploit your fear of getting on the wrong side of the law, and hoping they can squeeze money out of you before you realize it’s a scam. The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office has received dozens of reports about jury duty scams so far this year, and six people have fallen victim. Victims of the jury duty scam report losses of about $1,000 each.

All of the victims were instructed to use Green Dot Money Pak cards as their method of payment. These…

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Maybe I’ll Get Lucky Tonight

Published April 19, 2017 by zuzusays

Reach out and touch someone today.

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The phone was ringing. Shortly after my wife answered it, not only did I know it was our son, but I knew why he was calling. After a couple minutes she shouted to me “Mark wants to talk to you.” As I turned on the speaker my son said “Happy Anniversary.” I couldn’t believe it! We’ve been married 52 years. As our conversation came to a close, I told Mark that we’re going out to dinner at an extremely nice restaurant not far from here. Always looking to make a joke I said who knows “maybe I’ll get lucky tonight.” There was no chance of me getting lucky in the way this quote is usually used. Abstinence, while a choice for some, was just another behavior forced on us by my quadriplegia.
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It is not unusual when I take questions and answers from a group I’d just…

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Ancestors on Mission: Phillis Wheatley

Published March 5, 2017 by zuzusays

“…but I would have him draw back in time, and not plunge too deep into a subject whose bottom his short line of understanding can never fathom.” What a lovely way to put someone in their place.

WE PERSEVERE: A Blog on theology and global religious freedom

Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753 – 1784), widely known for her poetry, and as first African American woman published in pre-Revolutionary America, was also a notable apologist, abolitionist and missionary.

Her journey to these shores was cruel and traumatic. In 1721, slave trader Playten Onely requests that the Royal African Company capture “500 Small Slaves, Male and Female, from 6 to 10 years old, to be delivered annually” aboard the slave ship Kent. This legislation, allowing for the capture and sale of African children in the New World will introduce scores of children into these pestilent and unjust conditions; they will be stuffed like afterthoughts into the smallest and most suffocating areas of the slave ship’s ‘hold’, in whichever way they will fit.

After being kidnapped from Senegambia, West Africa under this legislation at the age of 7, Phillis was purchased at auction by the Wheatley household, given the name of…

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