Archive for February, 2016

The Timer

The timer beneath the corner table just turned off the light.

It rained all through the night, and even though the blinds are up and the window open to let in the fresh cool air, the heavy clouds hanging low above the city make the keyboard hard for my old eyes to see. And yet, I am compelled by… well… actually, I don’t know why I brought up this blank page and began to speak onto it. My mind—as old (it seems older) as my eyes—keeps wondering why I’m doing it. It’s not like I have Me writinganything important to share.

It seems this is how I reflect on things, and I often stop as quickly as I start, realizing I have nothing to say—to me, or anyone else. But once in a while—a great while—something comes out of the thoughts that flit about and then hide. And so I let my mind and fingers ramble, wondering as I do if something of substance and meaning might dart from the recesses and grab someone by the soul?

I keep thinking about the timer… and the light.

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SAVANNAH SWEETS

Saturday was our granddaughter Savannah’s sweet sixteen birthday, and in honor of the occasion I invented a new cookie. We took them (well, most of them) to her Sunday, when we up to Kilgore for a little lunch celebration with her. What I did—I do this a lot—is I took a basic recipe and tweaked it a bit—quite a bit this time—and came up with a new cookie. I’m calling these “Savannah Sweets”! Here’s the recipe for anyone who’d like to try them:

SAVANNAH SWEETS COOKIES

 Ingredients

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar Savannah Sweets

1/2 cup butter softened

1/2 cup Nutella®

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (Milk chocolate chips are good too!)

1 cup flaked coconut

Sugar to roll cookies in prior to baking

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F.

Combine brown sugar, butter and Nutella® in bowl. Beat on medium speed until well mixed. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Add chocolate chips and coconut. Beat at low speed (or mix by hand with fork until well mixed.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets; flatten balls in criss-cross pattern with fork dipped in sugar. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

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Do Unto Others

The world we live in has become a very selfish place, and seems to be getting worse rapidly. Unfortunately, there will always be givers and there will always be takers. But, it seems to me the core of the problem is that we try to make everything about material things, when what we should most be sharing and generous with is love and kindness. God loves us unconditionally and wants us to share His blessings of love, joy, and peace with our fellow man. Love others as you would have them love you. It’s that simple. Gray days - quote

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

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Sudden Death!

There were times I literally lived in fear of my dad. At the time, it wasn’t fun, and it darn sure wasn’t funny, but now, looking back, some of the things that took place were a bit humorous in a terrifying sort of way. This is one of them: Read the rest of this entry »

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That’s Some Good Stuff!

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But… what about all my stuff?

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21

We’ve been convinced our happiness has to do with how much stuff we have, and how good our stuff is. We have been literally brainwashed into thinking the car we drive or the size TV we watch are the important things in life. It just ain’t so! Read the rest of this entry »

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