Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Please Don't Bury Me When I Die

I took a walk yesterday and to keep me from having to watch out for cars I headed down the street to the Center Point Cemetery. (I, of course, took my camera.)


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The cemetery in Center Point, Texas has the distinction of having the most Texas Rangers buried there (No, not the baseball team). There are 32 Texas Rangers buried there, which is pretty impressive, seeing how there are less that 1,000 people total in Center Point.


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There are other interesting facts about this little cemetery. The lead guitarist for one of the first psychedelic rock bands, 13th Floor Elevators, Stacy Sutherland is buried there.

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Also, maybe you have seen the email that says "A Soldier’s Funeral (Texas Style)". That is a true account; it happened here in Center Point.


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Now you have seen the interesting, how about the old. The oldest marker is from 1875, now I know that doesn't sound very old to some people, but you have to remember that Texas didn't become a state until 1845 and to town of Center Point didn't have settlers until the year 1852. I don't think this is the 1875 marker, but it might be. It was the only one made from wood and the were no traces of any writing.

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It could have been this one, as you can see it had been there awhile and had broke in two places.

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This was the oldest one that was still readable.

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Now you have seen the interesting and the old, how about the odd and creepy? It must have been a trend at one time to have a marker in the shape of a tree stump. I saw about six of these. (Update: I have information about those stump tombstones, thanks to my friend Amanda. They were erected for memebers of the Woodmen of the World before the 1920's.)

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I don't know what to think about this quote on a tombstone...it just seems strange.

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I don't know if this one is odd, creepy, or just sad. There was nothing marking this grave, except for the raised earth and a pot of fake flowers.

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And now for the creepy...

These are just sitting out in the back. Just sitting there. I can only hope they are empty.

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If you have watched even one horror movie then you, like me, would know better than to get any closer to the above picture or the picture below.

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As I walked in the cemetery I saw graves that were highly maintained and others that were very visibly in ruins. It made me realize that when I die, I don't want to be buried. I don't want my loved ones to feel that they MUST visit a grave site or have guilt because they don't/can't. I will not be there, it is not me. I want to do one last good thing for others. My husband and I both want our bodies to be donated to science, cremated (which they would do anyways), and then the ashes spread somewhere. I don't even want my ashes to sit in a urn, again, that is not me, I am not there. I want my loved ones to keep the memories of me when I was alive in their hearts and not at a grave site or on the mantle.

Some may see walking in the cemetery as creepy or even disrespectful, but to me it was a very peaceful walk and I plan on walking there more.


What are your thoughts on cemeteries and/or death? Feel free to share.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

What Is This?

Frankie won a door prize yesterday at a luncheon. We do know that it is a piece for decoration, we don't know how else to describe it beyond that. I really do like it, but can anyone tell me what exactly that animal head is suppose to be?


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I Appreciate Storytelling Time

One day, long, long ago, there lived a woman who did not whine, nag or complain. But this was a long time ago, and it was just that one day.


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You may find this "story" funny or insulting. I chose to focus on it another way. It brought home a strong lesson to me about gratitude or appreciation. I have a friend who blogs almost everyday about the small things in life for which she is grateful. I am sure she goes through her day a much happier person that the one who only thinks of the negative.


I am reading and recommend an e-book that I downloaded from Wowio for free called, "The Power of Appreciation in Everyday Life" by Dr. Noelle C. Nelson. It has three main topics:


The Power of Appreciation within Yourself: How to handle criticism, how to realize that perfection is not something to strive for, how to appreciate your body no matter how it looks, how to handle stress, etc.


The Power of Appreciation within Your Relationships: The relationship with yourself, with boyfriends/husband, with your kids, etc.


The Power of Appreciation with Work and Money: How to handle the demanding boss, how to handle your self-esteem at work, how to deal with financial troubles, how to deal with money in general, etc.


To quote the book: "Appreciation is only meaningful when put into practice. Each of the chapters in this book has introduced ways to practice appreciation. Using the guidance provided throughout as a basis to start genuinely valuing yourself, those in your life, and the world we live in, you'll come almost immediately to realize the true power of appreciation."


I am going to list five things I am grateful for and appreciate (I stop at five otherwise we would be here all day!). :)


1. I am grateful that I believe in God, it gives me hope when it seems that all is lost.


2. I am grateful that I have good Christian parents; I think that has helped me avoid a lot of unnecessary heartache.


3. I am grateful for my husband; he is a very kind and loving person.


4. I am grateful for my friends; they help remind me of all that I have.


5. I am grateful for my job and for Frankie's job, they provide us the money to get the things we need and want.


I hope you will download the e-book for yourself. You have the power to have a good day or bad day when it is just a normal day. If you look for the bad you WILL find them, but if you look for the good you WILL find them as well. You have every morning to look for the good or the bad....which will you choose?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Gypsy

It hurts to write this blog, but I hope that it will help to heal. Frankie and I had to put our sweet little cat, Gypsy, to sleep on Sunday. She was so sick, more than we even realized. I don't want to remember her that way so I will remember her as she is in the video. She was such a sweet and loving cat and we will miss her.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Work Phone Blues

I recieved this email at work the other day:

"Some of you may be experiencing phone difficulties. The phone company has been notified and they are working on resolving the issues as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience."







Ummm...I think I may be experiencing phone difficulties! :)


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

H - E - Double Hockey Sticks

Church got a little bolder these last two weeks. Churches are turning away from fire and brimstone preaching because no one wants to be told anything negative, so it was good for me to hear a reminder of some important facts that should not and simply cannot be overlooked. I went back and forth about posting this blog. I understand why churches don't preach this way as it turns people away, but as I have said before, if this helps one person in someway come to God then good has been done. It has been put on my heart to go ahead and blog it out besides, who am I to deny that person? So the topic was Hell and here were my reminders....

1.) There is a Hell

Not many people like to think of death and Hell. I don't blame them, it is a very scary place full of agony and torture, and it is real. I don't think that the Bible writes about it so that people are scared into doing what it is right, but it is there as a warning.

Mark 9:43-48 says, "So if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off! You would be better off to go into life crippled than to have two hands and be thrown into the fires of hell that never go out. If your foot causes you to sin, chop it off. You would be better off to go into life lame than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. If your eye causes you to sin, get rid of it. You would be better off to go into God's kingdom with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell. The worms there never die, and the fire never stops burning."

2.) People will go to Hell

Only God will determine who goes to hell and no one will go there by surprise. God really doesn't send people to Hell, people basically volunteer for it. It is our choice to follow God or to follow the devil. Yes, God is good, full of grace, and merciful, but he will not tolerate sin. Sin is what separates us from God. Too often, we try to gloss over this part of God, but it cannot be ignored. There are many accounts in the Bible of God punishing, even by death, people who were sinning against him.

2 Peter 2:4-10 says, "God did not have pity on the angels that sinned. He had them tied up and thrown into the dark pits of hell until the time of judgment. And during Noah's time, God did not have pity on the ungodly people of the world. He destroyed them with a flood, though he did save eight people, including Noah, who preached the truth.

God punished the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and this is a warning to anyone else who wants to sin. Lot lived right and was greatly troubled by the terrible way those wicked people were living. He was a good man, and day after day he suffered because of the evil things he saw and heard. So the Lord rescued him. This shows that the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their sufferings and to punish evil people while they wait for the Day of Judgment.

The Lord is especially hard on people who disobey him and don't think of anything except their own filthy desires. They are reckless and proud and are not afraid of cursing the glorious beings in heaven."



3.) There are many actions that can save you a place in Hell

Here are two verses that are very straight forward. If your life resembles any of these and you have not turned from them and asked for forgiveness, you might want to take a step back and rethink your actions.

Galatians 5:19-21: "The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, worshiping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God's kingdom."

Keep in mind, if you are not inheriting God's kingdom....then what does that leave for you to inherit?

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says, "Don't you know that evil people won't have a share in the blessings of God's kingdom? Don't fool yourselves! No one who is immoral or worships idols or is unfaithful in marriage or is a pervert or behaves like a homosexual will share in God's kingdom. Neither will any thief or greedy person or drunkard or anyone who curses and cheats others. Some of you used to be like that. But now the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of God's Spirit have washed you and made you holy and acceptable to God."

According to the last two sentences of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, all is not lost. Jesus died for our sins. You can be free from all the negativity that sin causes in your life. All you have to do is believe that Jesus' death on the cross was for you, turn from the things you were doing, be baptized to wash away that old life, and follow the teachings of God. If you have already done these steps but fell away from God, you can still go back. Remember the prodigal son?
God and the angels in Heaven will rejoice in your choice. (Luke 15:10)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I Am A Colon...I Don't Know If I Like That




You Are a Colon



You are very orderly and fact driven.

You aren't concerned much with theories or dreams... only what's true or untrue.



You are brilliant and incredibly learned. Anything you know is well researched.

You like to make lists and sort through things step by step. You aren't subject to whim or emotions.



Your friends see you as a constant source of knowledge and advice.

(But they are a little sick of you being right all of the time!)



You excel in: Leadership positions



You get along best with: The Semi-Colon