Monday, October 27, 2008

We Desperately Need George Baily...

Our country, alas most of the world, is in desperate times. While the people in Washington try to decide if we are in a recession, you have only to look at main street in any town to see that it is much worse than that. Stores that you once shopped in are disappearing everyday because they cannot 'afford' to keep the doors open. If you drive down any residential street, you will see many homes for sale with signs like reduced, foreclosure sale, banked owned...because they cannot 'afford' to make the payments...because they have lost their jobs because the companies cannot 'afford' to pay the workers...and so it goes on and on...it is trickle down economics at its worst...it has more than trickled down...it has crashed down..hard......

We Desperately Need George Baily (It's a Wonderful Life)...and the Bailey Building & Loan Association. The Building & Loan Association was essential to many of the people in Bedford Falls. And we need fewer Mr. Potter's (Wall Street, big business, etc.) who will seize the opportunity to gain more control and end the "sentimental hogwash" of home loans for the working poor. 

The real American dream is a home of ones own...and a job which allows you to pay for it. I daresay most Americans want to work and are tired of hearing all the stories of the poor Wall Street stockholders who have lost everything....especially when you are too poor to own any stock...you are lucky to stock your refrigerator...

I encourage our politicians who are trying to decide if there is a recession, to walk down main street in their hometown...talk to the shop owners, talk to the people who live in the homes with for sale signs...ask the priests and ministers what they are seeing in their own churches...ask us what we need...Then go back to Washington and make a real bailout plan for the Americans who have no way to bail themselves out this time....

This is the letter I am sending to all my state representatives in Congress...I invite you to join me...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Wedding Extraordinaire...

come in...we're ready for a wedding...

I promised...here are shots of the wedding...

Casey and me with our veil around us






our whole family



callanwolde





the grits bar - grits served in martini glasses with toppings like turnip greens
no southern wedding should be without one

my sisters and me

mama sings janis joplin

my three sons singing "A Family Tradition"
Michael, Chip, Matthew

casey joins her brothers

casey sings "Hey Jude" and wows the crowd

all the parsons' women led by 85 year-old Nannie
sing "Love and Marriage"



It was a magical time...congratulations to the happy couple...

All photos were shot by Seitz Photography in Atlanta...click here to see all the wedding photos...click on enter site...then client gallery...then weddings and engagements on the left...then scroll to casey and chris...

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Best Things in Life are Free...

I promise wedding photos soon...

My little prayer for the tough times...

"foggy morn"

It is so easy to get caught up
with the trappings of wealth in this life.
Grant, O Lord, that I may be free
from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.
And...my beautiful, calming sea.

Today's Bible reading is:  Luke 12:1-7

Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered by the thousands, so that they trampled on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God's sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows."

"morning flight" 

Thought on the financial crisis from Sacred Space
Lord, all this financial turmoil seems to touch my prayer in two ways.

Sometimes I feel moral indignation at the greed of the fat cats whose desire for ever-greater profits has exploited the weak. I hope that they may move from blindness to a sense of the real world of people, and realise the futility of their greed that wants more and more money. "What does it profit to gain the whole world and suffer the loss of your soul?" (Mark 8:36) But I know that such indignation is not always from the good spirit; it may be mixed with Schadenfreude in which there is little charity. I need to watch it.

At other times I feel fear and insecurity for myself and my loved ones. This pushes me to look at myself. Does insecurity make me more self-seeking and less caring about the needs of others, lessening my humanity, clouding my sense that people matter more than money? Or does this worldwide turmoil strengthen my compassion? Poverty is not good in itself, but where it leads to a deeper dependence on God and coexists with generosity it can be a rare grace - remember Jesus marvelling at the widow's mite (Mark 12:41-43).
‘Trop est avare à qui Dieu ne suffit.'
You're too greedy if God is not enough for you.

I wear a widow's mite around my neck at all times. It is over 2,000 years old and was found near the Dead Sea Scrolls.

A column of the Copper Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in Cave 3.
from Columbia University Libraries



This little coin contained in a silver cross reminds me to be grateful and peaceful in the very stormy uncertain and unpleasant times. When so many are loosing everything materially, we must look inward to what we are spiritually. The banks and our creditors may take our worldly goods from us...but they cannot remove or deplete who we truly are...deep within. Our souls remain, egos dented, but soul intact.

"stormy morn" as a tropical storm passes

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