Sunday, October 22, 2017

Children write to God....

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the protestant reformation and as that reformation involved putting messages on a church door, it reminded me of a book I recently read about that lists off a bunch of messages children wrote to God. (The book is  by Stuart Hample & Eric Marshall and is called Children’s Letters to God-Workman Publishing, 1991 and reprints.) As reading them made me feel good, I thought I'd share some of them here. I actually got them from this website which I also found to be quite entertaining. For all those who follow the Protestant religion, Happy Reformation Day!

Some letters to God from Children

Dear God, I read the Bible. What does begat mean? Nobody will tell me. Love, Allison.

Dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t You keep the ones You already have now? Jane.

Dear God, Maybe Cain and Abel would not have killed each other if they had their own rooms. That’s what my Mom did for me and my brother. Larry.

Dear God, If You watch me in church on Sunday, I’ll show You my new shoes. Mickey.

Dear God, I bet it is very hard to love everyone in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I’m having a hard time loving all of them. Nan.

Dear God, Are You really invisible or is it just a trick? Lucy.

Dear God, Did You mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? Norma.

Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in the church. Is that OK? Neil.

Dear God, Did You really mean “do unto others as they do unto you”? Because if You did, then I’m going to get my brother good. Darla.

Dear God, Thank You for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. Joyce.

Dear God, I think about You sometimes, even when I’m not praying. Elliot.

Dear God, My brother told me about being born but it doesn’t sound right. They’re just kidding, aren’t they? Marsha.

Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made on Tuesday. That was cool. Eugene.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Minion and the Buddha walk into a bar.....

This joke is inspired by the picture below (image description a window with a Buddha statue and a toy Minion in it.): 

A minion and the Buddha walk into a bar and sit down. The Buddha asks the bartender for a glass of water. When the bartender is about to hand over the water, the Minion snatches the glass out of his hands and drinks the whole glass greedily in one gulp. The Buddha watches the Minion with a slight smile on his face. "Hey" the bartender protests "he just drank your water, why are you smiling?" "Because the Minion is my new student and I'm teaching him one lesson in Buddhism each day." "Well, what was today's lesson?" asks the bartender just as a waiter accidentally spills a big glass of water all over the Minion. Smiling down at the soaked Minion the Buddha replies, "Karma!"




Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Friday and happy autumn

I always quite like the autumn because it's not too hot and it's not too cold for me.  I also don't think I could live in a place that didn't have seasons.  I also like how the leaves change color and when you go down a street with lots of trees  it's really beautiful. Finally, as I always tend to feel happier on Fridays I just want to wish everyone a very happy Friday and a very happy autumn!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Why there is always hope

"When all else is lost, the future still remains."- Christian Nestell Bovee
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/christiann122675.html

Even when I think all is lost, it's nice to know that there is still the future and that better things can come from it. So really, all is never lost and there is always, always hope.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BBC Funny

The British Broadcasting Company, (now the British Broadcasting Corporation) was founded today in 1922. As my mum is from the UK she has introduced me to various BBC TV shows and funny radio programs. One such program is called the Goon Show which is very silly but it makes me laugh a lot.  It's basically a group of comedians making fun of everyday activities. One of my favorite skits they did is called "What Time is it Eccles?" In it, two members of the Goon Show discuss the time and I always felt it was funny. Anyway,  I've included the skit in the clip below in the hope it will make others laugh as well. Happy Wednesday everyone.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Advice on falling down

"If you fall during your life, it doesn't matter. You're never a failure as long as you try to get up." Evel Knievel 
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/evelknieve601433.html

I like this quote as I think it comes from someone who, I gather, knows quite a lot about falling down and  thus has grown not to fear it so much. Although falling is often rather dangerous, what I've found is that there's always a way to get up again. With that in mind, I find I don't feel so afraid of things to come as I know that if I fall, it's not a new thing for me. So I go forward and like a certain song says "I get knocked down but I get up again, you're never going to keep me down!"


Monday, October 16, 2017

Temptation

"I can resist everything except temptation." Oscar Wilde 
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/oscar_wilde

The writer Oscar Wilde was born today in 1854 and I find this quote by him to be interesting because it makes me think of things that tempt me (or that I find very hard to resist sometimes.) Here are a few things.


  • Trail mix-I love the stuff, perhaps too much.
  • Dark chocolate-for the same reason stated above.
  • Hugging people-I like to spread the love but since hugging people isn't always advisable for various reasons, I restrain myself to only giving hugs upon request.
  • Telling people I love them- it probably gets awkward for people but I do mean it when I say it as I feel that there are many forms of love and I end up saying it often because when I die I don't want anyone to be in any doubt that I cared about them very much. In many ways I'm not sure why people are so afraid of saying it. I wish people said it more to each other. 
  • Singing-I'd sing everywhere if I could, just because I think it's fun.  I try to restrain myself by trying not to sing out in public as I fear it might annoy people too much. (Although sometimes I start singing if I'm walking by myself and I feel intimidated by someone. At those times I start singing just because it makes me feel brave and I have this thought that it'll make people think I'm slightly mental so they'll leave me alone. So far when I've followed that strategy I've been left alone. Whether that's because of the singing or because no one was really threatening me, I'll never know.) 
Anyway, so here's to vices and giving in to temptation sometimes!