so beyond proud and honored to be the patron behind a piece of anti

so beyond proud and honored to be the patron behind a piece of anti-bullying legislation signed into law today by Governor of Virginia.
Brandon Farbstein
one of the most incredible feelings to experience is knowing that because of your action – lives will be saved. families won’t have to attend their child’s funeral. even if it’s one life preserved, that’s one devastation the world won’t need to endure.
all it takes is one. one person will be the change we need in the world. one voice speaking up will be the reason lives will be transformed.
having strangers reach out to you after seeing you as the headline story in NBC Washington, WTOP News and calling you their new hero is unexplainable.
my sincerest thanks to two of the best of the best elected officials in Virginia – Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn + Senator Jeremy McPike.
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Had to share

Had to share!!
Monroe and his wife Martha went to the State Fair every year. Every year Monroe would say, “Martha, I’d like to ride in that airplane.” And every year Martha would say, “I know, Monroe, but that airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars.” This one year Monroe and Martha went to the fair and Monroe said, “Martha, I’m 71 years old. If I don’t ride that airplane this year I may never get another chance.” Martha replied, “Monroe, that airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars.” The pilot overheard them and said, “Folks, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say one word, I won’t charge you, but if you say one word it’s ten dollars.” Monroe and Martha agreed and up they go. The pilot does all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word is heard. He does all his tricks over again, but still not a word. They land and the pilot turns to Monroe, “By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but you didn’t.” Monroe replied, “Well, I was gonna say something when Martha fell out, but ten dollars is ten dollars.”
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1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1 loaf Texas toast
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar for sprinkling
1. Melt butter in microwave & add brown sugar….stir till mixed.
2. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 pan….spread around
3. Beat eggs, milk, & vanilla
4. Lay single layer of Texas Toast in pan
5. Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer
6. Add 2nd layer of Texas Toast
7. Spoon on remaining egg mixture
8. Cover & chill in fridge overnight
9. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (covered for the first 30 minutes)
10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar
11. Serve with warm maple syrup
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Crescent Burgers

Crescent Burgers
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1 lb hamburger meat
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
couple drop of Worcestershire sauce
1 1oz. pkt dry onion soup mix (28g) I think is the one they are talking about.
1 roll of crescent rolls
1 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 350*
Brown and drain hamburger. In medium bowl mix hamburger and rest of ingredients (reserve 1/4 cup cheese for tops). Add a HEAPING spoonful of meat mixture to large end of unrolled crescent roll. Roll up and seal edges as best you can. Sprinkle reserved cheese on top and bake for 15 minutes til golden brown.
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Rule of the Gospel

Rule of the Gospel
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

In the beginning of the Franciscan Rule, Saint Francis says, “The Rule and the life of the Friars Minor is to simply live the Gospel.” [1] In fact, the first Rule that he started writing around 1209 is simply a collection of quotes from the New Testament. When Francis sent it off to Rome, the pope looked at it and said, “This is no Rule. This is just the Gospel.” You can just hear Francis saying, “Yes . . . that is the point. It is just the Gospel. We don’t need any other Rule except the Gospel!”
To be a Franciscan is nothing other than always searching for “the marrow of the Gospel” as he called it. [2] Francis said the purpose and goal of our life is to live the marrow or core of the Gospel. Honestly, the core is so simple that it’s hard to live. It’s so clear that the mind almost insists on making it complicated. It is so nondual that the only way you can get control of it again is to descend into some little dualistic, divisive right or wrong—and that is what most individuals and groups do.
When Francis read the Beatitudes, Jesus’ inaugural discourse, he saw that the call to be poor stood right at the beginning: “How blessed are the poor in spirit!” Henceforward, Francis’ reading of the Gospel considered poverty to be “the foundation of all other virtues and their guardian.” [3] The other virtues receive the kingdom only in promise; poverty, however, is invested with heaven now, without delay. “Theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Present tense!
As a result, Franciscan spirituality has never been an abstraction. It is grounded in Jesus’ specific instructions to his disciples, not ideology or denominational certitudes. Francis’ living of the Gospel was just that: simple lifestyle. It was the Incarnation continuing in space and time. It was the presence of the Spirit taken as if it were true. It was being Jesus more than just worshiping Jesus. At its best, Franciscan life is not words or even ethics. It is flesh—naked flesh—unable to deny its limitations, unable to cover its wounds. Francis called this inner nakedness “poverty.”
This pure vision of life attracted thousands to a new freedom in the Church and in ministry. Religious communities had become more and more entangled with stipends and rich land holdings. Members lived individually simple lives but were corporately secure and even comfortable. The begging, or mendicant, orders were born to break that dangerous marriage between ministry and money. Francis did not want his friars to preach salvation (although they did that, too) as much as he wanted them to be salvation. He wanted them to model and mirror the life of Jesus in the world, with all of the vulnerability that would entail. Today, many people use the phrase “preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words” to describe Francis’ desire to serve God in every moment.

Gateway to Silence:
Who are you, God? And who am I?

“Bringing His Bride Home”

“Bringing His Bride Home”
by Artist Alfredo Rodriguez
It’s a special moment in any young couple’s life and its captured here for all time. His bride appears to be a lovely young woman as he leads his horse so she can ride into camp. Our warrior is a man of honor who carries his coup stick in his hand for any unexpected need. I love how we can see each bead of her colorful jewelry and the individual vanes of his feathers. It’s little details like this that make a fantastic painting more accurate in depicting the Natives’ way of life!
Touching Native American Painting!!!

Don’t Pray For London – Reject Religious Extremism

Don’t Pray For London – Reject Religious Extremism
June 4, 2017 by Michael Stone
Prayers are not the answer. In fact, prayers are the problem. While some pray for London after the attack that left six people dead and more than 40 injured, others offer prayers of celebration.
The bitter truth is that Islamic extremists celebrate the death and carnage in London as an answer to their prayers, and a victory for their jihad.
Perhaps even more damning, those Christians and moderate Muslims who are praying for the victims of the terrorist attack in London are praying to the same God, the God of Abraham, that the Islamic extremists who celebrate the attack supposedly worship.
The uncomfortable truth is the God that both the terrorists and the non-terrorists alike beseech with their prayers is useless, or worse.
For those who believe, they are left with two options: Either God helps the terrorists kill and maim the innocent; or, God watches and does nothing while the terrorists kill and maim the innocent.
The uncomfortable truth that many cannot accept is that God most probably does not exist, and that prayers are ultimately futile gestures – empty expressions of existential desperation and metaphysical confusion.
For all intents and purposes, prayers are spiritual masturtbaton: they might make the person doing the praying feel a little better, but prayers do nothing to effect change in the real world.
Prayers are the consequence of irrational beliefs, and it is irrational beliefs that allow people to do irrational things, like kill and maim the innocent in the name of a God that does not exist.
In short, prayers are not the answer. More religion is not the answer. In fact, religion is the problem.
If not prayer, if not religion, what are we to do?
Instead of prayer we must stand against religious extremism. To defy the terrorists we must embrace our shared humanity. We must rise above the religious superstitions that divide us. We must be honest with ourselves and our communities.
In addition, we all must be willing to confront the challenge of Islamic extremism without demonizing individual Muslims, and without making excuses for the horror and terror committed in the name of Islam.
We must challenge the hypocrisy of so-called progressives who will rail against a Christian extremist refusing to give a marriage license to a same-sex couple in Kentucky, but will remain silent while gays and lesbians are executed in the name of Islam in the Middle East.
Whether it be Muslim extremists hating the freedom and liberalism of the West, or Christian politicians trying to bring theocracy to America, there’s a lot of hate, bigotry, and ignorance that comes with following ancient and discredited religious dogma.
We must transcend that hate.
Bottom line: Religion divides us. We must reject religious extremism, and embrace our common humanity.

We’ve been watching The Keepers on Netflix this weekend

We’ve been watching The Keepers on Netflix this weekend. It’s an excellent true crime docuseries. Compelling, disturbing, haunting.
The first episode had me wondering if it was going to be good – but after the second episode I couldn’t look away.
We are 4 episodes in and I look forward to watching the final 3 episodes.
It’s not an easy watch but I highly recommend it. It is a story that needs to be heard.

Power to laugh last over my problems

Power to laugh last over my problems, fall upon me now in the name of Jesus Christ. Every power programming sorrow for me in the remaining months of this year 2017, carry your own load by force and by fire in the name of Jesus Christ. Powers assigned to kill my laughter this remaining months to the end of this year 2017, I will laugh last over you, therefore, die in the name of Jesus Christ

MS attacks the nerves

MS attacks the nerves, so anyone with MS is apt to experience various types of altered feeling or touch.
Some of the most distressing and even frightening symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) are sensory disturbances — sensations that can range from numbness to tingling to burning pain. They’re also common.
Because these sensory symptoms are caused by the nerve damage that is a part of MS, anyone with MS is at risk of developing them.
But a range of strategies can help with managing MS sensory issues.
Loss of sensation is experienced as numbness in the affected area or body part.
Abnormal sensations may include:
-Pins and needles
-Crawling sensations
Painful sensations include:
-Hypersensitivity to touch
-Burning sensations
-The “MS hug,” a band-like tightness or girdling feeling in the chest or abdomen that can result from nerve damage or from spasms in the small muscles between the ribs
Lhermitte’s sign, an acute, electric-shock-like sensation running down the spine and into the limbs that occurs when the head is bent forward
Numbness, abnormal sensations, and pain can affect virtually any part of the body: the face, torso, arms, hands, legs, and feet. The symptoms may come and go, or they may come and stay.
“If they’re symptoms caused by old nerve damage, they may flare up during periods of fatigue or illness, and then go away with rest and recovery,” Dr. Lublin says.
Rarely Permanent, but Potentially Dangerous
Corinne Sheh of Maynard, Massachusetts, frequently struggles with such sensory symptoms.
“My first MS symptoms were pins and needles in my legs,” says Sheh, who was diagnosed with MS in 2007 at age 25. “Now I get numbness and tingling in my right hand and a feeling of tightness around my chest — my MS hug.”
Sheh also experiences Lhermitte’s sign.”It feels like a zipper being opened from my neck down my spine,” she says.
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These symptoms rarely become permanent, but they can be dangerous. Sensory symptoms in your legs, for example, can cause a fall. Numbness in your hands can cause you to drop things and may put you at risk for being burned by scalding water. Numbness in your face may be dangerous when chewing.
For Sheh, who’s now the mother of a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old, sensory symptoms have presented new problems. “What I worry about most is falling on the stairs or dropping one of the babies,” she says.
Managing MS Sensory Issues
So what can you do? For some symptoms, medication can help. Neuropathic (nerve) pain may respond to anticonvulsant drugs such as Neurontin (gabapentin) or Lyrica (pregabalin), Lublin says. Antidepressants are also sometimes used to treat nerve pain. If sensory symptoms are due to a relapse or to new MS attacks, steroids may help to control them.
Topical capsaicin creams and ointments, which are sold over the counter, can sometimes block painful sensations in the legs, feet, hands, and arms.
Like the symptoms themselves, though, responses to the various drugs vary from person to person.
“I have never found any medications that help with my sensory symptoms,” Sheh says. “I have learned to avoid triggers like stress, fatigue, and hot, humid weather. The best treatment for me is rest and an ice pack. A swim in the ocean or a cool pool also helps.”
Heat may help, too, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: A warm compress may turn painful sensations into warm sensations. Massage is also worth trying.
Some other ways to avoid or manage sensory symptoms include:
Avoid becoming overheated.
Get plenty of rest.
Do your best to stay healthy. Illnesses, such as colds or the flu, are common triggers for MS symptoms.
Wear pressure stockings or a tight glove, which may convert painful sensations to pressure sensations.
Wear a soft cervical collar to prevent Lhermitte’s sign.
Try cognitive behavioral therapy or hypnosis.
Meditate to lower stress and, consequently, distress.
Learning your unique triggers for sensory symptoms may be the best way to manage them. But if you’re struggling with these symptoms, they’re new, or they’re not going away, talk with your MS doctor about possible solutions.
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