Friday, April 24, 2009

A Friend


A Friend Most True

I need to know if you're my true friend,

Will you be by my side until the end?

Can I tell you my secrets deep?

And trust them in your heart you'll keep?

We are neither of us without our flaws,

Can you accept mine as I will yours?

I'll be a shoulder to cry on when you're blue,

Will you be there for me when I need you?

No matter how busy I will make time for you,

If you are busy will you make time for me too?

I will take your hand and comfort your tears,

Will you hold me and soothe my fears?

I will give you joy and many warm smiles,

Can we share that even across many miles?

I will not forget what's important to you,

Will you remember what's important to me too?

With you my most favorite things I'll share,

If only I know do you truly care?

If you can accept me as I do you,

Then I will know you are a friend most true.

~ Wendy Hinson ~

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Thursday, April 23, 2009



An Atlantic walrus plods toward shore after gorging on clams in the shallows.
 Such a big bull may stir up, shell, and suck down thousands of clams a day in summer,
relying on his muzzle full of sensitive whiskers, called vibrissae, to help locate prey.

 Size: Up to 2.5 inches
 Location: Asia
 Status: Declining


Tusks of all lengths suggest a mix of ages among these walruses, part of Svalbard's peak summer count of some 2,600.
By the early 1900s ivory hunters had nearly wiped out Norway's herds.
Protected since 1952, the population is still recovering.

CHACOAN HORNED FROG(Ceratophrys cranwelli)

Continuing work that has brought ripples of hope to California mountain waters devastated by fungal disease.
The San Francisco State University ecologist has used an antifungal treatment on frogs living here, and some animals have escaped the chytrid death sentence.
Reexamining his "patients" will help them evaluate the success of the treatment, and perhaps help develop strategies for extending the procedure to other areas.
In hundreds of Sierra Nevada lakes frogs have been completely wiped out by the fungus.

Carrying a heady load, a reindeer takes off across a summer-green Arctic landscape.
When vegetation is lush, the animals feed greedily, supporting antler growth and packing on weight for winter.

HARLEQUIN FROG(Atelopus varius)

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Nutrients also wash off the shore and drop from the sky into the ocean, nourishing vibrant anemones and soft corals.

A camera trap catches a polar bear looking out of place on bare brown soil.


Drifts of Barents Sea ice can still bear the weight of a bear, but this young male is leaping into a changing world.

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Evxn though my typxwritxr is an old modxl, it works quitx wxll xxcxpt for onx of the kxys.
I havx many timxs wishxd that is workxd pxrfxctly.
It is trux that thxrx arx forty-onx kxys that function wxll xnough, but just onx kxy not working makxs thx diffxrxncx.
Somxtimxs it sxxms to mx that our church (or company or family) is somxthing likx my typxwritxr --- not all thx kxy pxoplx arx working propxrly.
As onx of thxm, you may say to yoursxlf, "Wxll, I am only onx pxrson, I don't makx or brxak thx church (or company or family)."
But it doxs makx a big diffxrxncx, bxcausx a church (or company or family), to bx xffxctivx, nxxds thx activx participation of xvxry pxrson.
So, thx nxxt timx your xfforts arx not nxxdxd vxry much, rxmxmbxr my typxwritxr and say to yoursxlf, "I am a kxy pxrson in thx congrxgation and I am nxxdxd vxry much."
This is what happxns to thx wholx church (or company or family), and multiply this by many timxs --- thx whole thing just doxs not makx sxnsx!
So, don't be a broken key --- be a useful one.

PS: In case you have not figured it out - the "e" key are the broken key.


Please untie the "nots"

Dear God:

Please untie the not's that are invading my mind,
my heart and my life.

Please remove the have not's,
if not's and might not's that invade my heart.

Please release me from the could not's,
do not's and should not's that invade my live.

Most of all, dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind,
my heart and my life all of the am not's that have allowed me to hold back.

Please erase from my mind the thought that I am not good enough.
Please remove my heart that I am not loved enough.

Please untie from my life everything that I clutch that supports the belief that I am not enough.

Today, dear God, I come to you humbly and reverently asking that you untie, eliminate and erase all of the not's that have invaded every aspect of my life.

Let these words take on the presence of the Holy Spirit to become living conditions in my life.
As so it is!

Author: Iyanla Vanzant

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Senior Citizens

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized

for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world,

real or imaginary. 

We know we take responsibility

for all we have done and do not blame others.


upon reflection,

we would like to point out

that it was NOT the senior citizens who took:

     The melody out of music,
    The pride out of appearance,
    The courtesy out of driving,
    The romance out of love,
    The commitment out of marriage,
    The responsibility out of parenthood,
    The togetherness out of the family,
    The learning out of education,
    The service out of patriotism,
    The Golden Rule from rulers,
    The nativity scene out of cities,
    The civility out of behavior,
    The refinement out of language,
    The dedication out of employment,
    The prudence out of spending,
    The ambition out of achievement, or,
    God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones

who eliminated

patience and tolerance

from personal relationships and interactions with others!! 

And, we do understand the meaning

of patriotism,

and remember those who have fought and died

for our country. 

Author: Citizen of the world


Monday, April 20, 2009

Once in a lifetime

Once in a lifetime

Once in a lifetime
You'll meet that special someone
Who brings out the best in you
Who becomes the meaning your you

You eat, breathe, talk
Sing, dance , laugh
Dream, smile and live
All because of her

Your very life and existence
Your reason for being here
Becomes clear
That is when you know
That she is the one for you

And without her
Days are just but days
And life is but a word
So when you find that very one
Hold her close
And never let her go
You'll find yourself living
Dancing in the colours of the rain

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When I whine


  When I Whine
Today, upon a bus, I saw a girl with golden hair I looked at her and sighed and wished I was as fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and used a crutch
But as she passed, she passed a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine
I have 2 legs, the world is mine.

I stopped to buy some candy
The lad who sold it had such charm
I talked with him a while, he seemed so very glad If I were late, it'd do no harm.
And as I left, he said to me,
"I thank you, you've been so kind.
It's nice to talk with folks like you.
You see," he said, "I'm blind."
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 eyes, the world is mine. 

Later while walking down the street,
I saw a child with eyes of blue
He stood and watched the others play
He did not know what to do.
I stopped a moment and then I said,
"Why don't you join the others, dear?"
He looked ahead without a word.
And then I knew, he couldn't hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 ears, the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I'd go. 
 With eyes to see the sunset's glow.
With ears to hear what I would know.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I've been blessed indeed, The world is mine.

~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~

If this poem makes you feel like I felt, 
Just forward it to all your  friends, 
After all, it's just a simple reminder...
We have so  much to be thankful for!!!

Sorrow looks back,
Worry looks around,
Faith looks up.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wallpapers April 2009

Flooded by Hume Dam in the 1920s, the Murray's riverbanks were once thick
with river red gum trees that captured moisture and helped drive cycles of rainfall.
The skeletons of submerged trees are now visible in a ponded portion of the river's upper reaches,
 exposed by the lowest water levels in decades.

A grand expression of royal power, Hatshepsut's mortuary temple rises against a desert bluff at Deir el Bahri.
Reliefs in the porticoes record the greatest triumphs of her 21-year reign.

Dovekies dive for copepods and nest on rocky slopes.

Rump vegetation and crusty soils dapple the Macquarie Marshes, a 494,000-acre wetland in the Murray-Darling Basin used mainly for wheat growing and cattle grazing.
About 10 percent has been set aside as a protected nature reserve.
Farmers depend on irrigation.
 Environmentalists regard the wetlands as critical to birds and other wildlife.
They're locked in a tug-of-war over what little water still flows into the marshes, after upstream farmers siphon off their share of the Macquarie River.

United Arab Emirates--Peninsulas of prosperity, the "fronds" of the $14-billion Palm Jumeirah -- the first of three planned resort islands in Dubai -- jut into the Persian Gulf.
Building began in 2001; it may end in 2013.

In a scene at Deir el Bahri, men carry a myrrh tree to Egyptian ships in Punt, a land still not clearly identified.
 Hatshepsut sent a trading mission down the Red Sea to procure luxuries there in about 1470 B.C.

Playing on plastic may rile the lawn bowling purist, but for the  Bowling Club in South Australia,
replacing natural turf with an artificial surface made sense nine years ago.
The club saves water and members can play year-round.
 Criticized at the time, the club now looks practically clairvoyant.

Up before the sun, a worshipper arrives on the grounds of the Spassky Monastery in Murom on the Oka River.
Now undergoing careful restoration, the centuries-old buildings were badly damaged during the Soviet era, when troops were quartered inside.


A thorough cleaning by Polish conservators has revealed the vibrant colors that adorned the sanctuary of Amun-Re when it was first built at Deir el Bahri.
Two small patches on the wall at right--where a bearded Hatshepsut makes an offering--show how thickly the soot from candles and oil lamps built up over many centuries.

Indonesia--See dusk in the Dampier Strait through a half-submerged lens and glimpse two distinct worlds.
Under a cloud-slung sky, fishermen work on wooden boats.
 Beneath a mirror-calm surface, waters flash with baitfish.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

The First Parent

The First Parent
(by Bill Cosby)
Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to his kids.
After creating Heaven and Earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said to them was: "Don't."
"Don't what?", Adam replied.
"Don't eat the forbidden fruit."
"Forbidden fruit? Really? Where is it?"
"It's over there," said God, wondering why He hadn't stopped after making the elephants.
A few minutes later God saw the kids having a forbidden fruit break and He was angry.
"Didn't I tell you not to eat that fruit?" the First Parent asked.
"Uh huh," Adam replied.
"Then why did you?"
"I dunno," Adam answered.
God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.
Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is reassurance in this story.
If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give them wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself.
If God had trouble handling children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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Secret Sins

(By Debbie Preuss)
The secret sins I try to hide
In my spirit do abide
Hidden not from God above
As He looks at me with eyes of love  

I try to turn my face away
For I don't really want to obey
This "secret sin" seems so much fun
I stay when I know I should run

I seem to be so firmly entrenched
Accustomed to it's familiar stench
But He draws me out through His love
He never tries to push or shove

He gently shows me the way
Until I choose to Him obey
Then He holds me in forgiveness close
The One who loves me the most

He cleans my spirit where they abide
The secret sins I try to hide
They were hidden not from God above
Now He holds me close in His embrace of love

He saw my sins all along
He's come alongside to make me strong
He's forgiven the past and the future too
I know He'll do the same for you
He understands like no one can

For He's fully God and was fully man
My Father loves me, so to Him I pray
Give me the strength Lord, just for today

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Chelsea Buns

Makes 16-18 buns



quantity basic dough (recipe below)

50 g

butter, softened

50 ml

cinnamon sugar

250 ml

dried fruit cake mix

glace icing


Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a rectangle. 

Spread each with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and then top with fruit.  

Roll up as for a swiss roll and cut into 3-4 cm thick slices.

Place onto a greased baking tray. Cover and leave to rise for 15 minutes.

Bake at 180? C for 20 - 30 minutes until cooked and golden brown.

Remove and cool slightly before drizzling with some glace icing.


Makes 1 quantity


4 x 250 ml


10 ml


25 ml


10 g

packet instant yeast

60 ml


250 - 300 ml

warm water


Combine flour, salt, sugar and yeast into a large mixing bowl.

Add in the oil and enough warm water to make a dough that is soft but not sticky, knead well until smooth and elastic.

Place into an oiled plastic bag and leave to rise until double in size, about 45 minutes.

Remove dough from bag and knead lightly then use as required.


Makes 18-20 ring doughnuts



quantity basic dough

castor sugar


Roll the risen dough out on a floured surface and cut out with a doughnut cutter or a ring cutter with a hole in the middle.

Place on a floured tray, cover and leave to rise for 15 minutes.

Fry in hot oil until golden brown on both sides. Drain well on paper towel and toss in castor sugar while still warm





Makes 10-15 vetkoek




quantity basic dough


Divide the risen dough into balls the size of a golf ball, roll each ball into a disk about 10- 12 cm wide, place on a floured tray and leave to rise for 15 minutes.

Fry in hot oil until golden brown on both sides, Drain on paper towel.

Split in half and fill with grated cheese.

Butter with Real Butter and (home made) apricot jam

or Serve with Mince (hamburger meat, minced meat)

Enjoy the left overs cold tomorrow with coffee.






Chelsea Buns recipe number 2

Makes 9

Yeast batter

Plain flour - 75g (3 oz)
Caster sugar - 1 tsp
Dried yeast - 2 tsp (or 15g (½ oz) fresh yeast)
Milk - 125 ml (4 fl oz), hand-hot (warm if using fresh yeast)


Plain flour - 175g (6 oz)
Butter - 25g (1 oz), diced
Egg - 1, beaten


Butter - 50g (2 oz)
Demerara sugar - 50g (2 oz)
Currants - 50g (2 oz)
Sultanas - 25g (1 oz)
Cut mixed peel - 25g (1 oz)
Golden syrup - to glaze


Place the batter ingredients in a large bowl.
Beat well with a wooden spoon until smooth,
then leave in a warm place until frothy for about 20 minutes.

For the dough, place the flour in a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Add the rubbed in mixture and egg to the batter. Mix well.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
Knead for about 10 minutes, until the dough feels firm and elastic.

Place the dough in a lightly floured bowl.
Cover with greased clingfilm and leave to rise for about 1 hour,
or until the dough has doubled in size and will spring back when lightly pressed.

Pre-heat oven to 200 °C / 400 °F / Gas 6 and lightly butter a 20 cm (8 inch) sandwich tin.

Knead the dough lightly.
Roll out into a rectangle, 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inches).
Spread the dough with butter and sprinkle with the sugar, fruit and mixed peel.
Roll up like a Swiss roll from the long side. Cut into 9 slices.

Place 8 slices, cut sides downwards, around the edge of the tin and the remaining one in the centre.
Cover and allow to rise for about 1 hour until the dough has doubled in size.

Uncover and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and brush with a little golden syrup to glaze.
Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes,
then turn out and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.



Chelsea Buns recipe number 3

2 cups (1/2 lb) 225 g flour (All purpose) warmed and sieved with 1 tsp of salt
1 stick (8 tbsp) 4 oz (112 g) butter
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) 100 g caster sugar (superfine granulated)
3 tbsp (25 g) yeast creamed with a teaspoon of sugar
1/4 pint of warm milk
4 eggs
4 - 5 oz currants, cleaned
1 small tsp Mixed Spice (All Spice / Pumpkin pie spice)
a little caster sugar (superfine granulated) for finishing method

1. Rub half the butter roughly into the dried, warmed flour and salt and add half the sugar.

2. Beat the eggs, add the tepid milk to the creamed yeast and mix with them.

3. Make a well in the flour and pour in the liquid. Mix thoroughly and knead until smooth.

4. Put to rise, covered, for about an hour and a half, until doubled in bulk.

5. Knead lightly into shape on a floured board and roll out to a square.

6. Soften the remaining butter and spread over the dough with some of the remaining sugar, then fold and roll out again.

7. Sprinkle with the rest of the sugar, the fruit and spice. Now, with the hands, roll up like a Swiss roll.

8. Cut this into slices of about 1 1/2 inches. Lay the slices flat close together on a warm, greased tin and prove in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes.

9. Sprinkle with sugar. The buns should now touch.

10. Bake in a quick oven 204.5°C (400°F) and leave until cool before separating the buns.

A small Swiss roll tin is a convenient baking container as this confines the dough to a limited space. 


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This little guy in Nepal certainly is resourceful and will be very strong some day if he keeps this up.
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This picture was taken from a hot air balloon in Thebes, Egypt. 
It was around 530 am just as the sun was starting to illuminate the country and the Valley of the Kings in the background. 
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This is Krud-tan rail station.

Sleigh ride in BelleRive Park.

A tug heads into Seattle on a golden evening on Puget Sound.
The Olympic Mountains loom over the scene.

Not an uncommon site in Southeast Asia and Africa, one of many motorcycle taxis dotting Cambodia transports a passenger carrying a glass window.

The longest wooden pier in the world.  Southend, United Kingdom, 2158m.  

The Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia make you feel as small as you really are.
The world is huge beyond our comprehension.
It takes places like these to give us perspective.

A party boat drifts along the Zanzibar coastline before a spectacular sunset.

Our train moving through a tunnel.

Deer hunter in Myanmar.

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A fast train rides through Liberia's bush country.  Taken from the top of a Land Rover that was being pulled by this engine.

Tunnel of Van Nye, California.  I hand held the camera as I was driving and trying some motion shots.

A boatman paddles toward the giant cross that marks the cemetery sunk into the sea by the 1871 eruption of Mt. Hibok-hibok on the island of Camiguin in Mindanao, Philippines.

Tourist boat on the Singapore River last year. To me, the colors and motion blur symbolize the excitement and energy of the city.

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