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The Good News & The Bad News – Sep 13, 2013


The Good News:  I went to a “Pinterest Party” tonight and my daughter Shannon went with me!  We had fun!  There were about 10 women there and we had such a nice time talking, eating and creating!  Each person contributed to the pot luck dinner (preferably with a dish that was inspired by something that was posted on Pinterest. I brought a “John Wayne Casserole” and “Salted Caramel Pretzel Block” – yummy!)

Then there were two stations where we had fun creating something that was pinned on Pinterest.  One craft was to make a fabric flower and embellish it; it could be used to decorate a lampshade, or worn on a hat, or jacket, etc.  The other “craft” was decorating sugar cookies with icing and colored sugar or jimmies, etc.  Here are photos of my two craft projects:

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 The Bad News:  I had a flat tire this morning!  But Infinity of Denver (located at 2990 S. Havana St. Aurora, CO 80014) was really great in that they sent a guy right to my house to help me (because there is a locking lug nut that needs a “key” in order to remove it and change the tire and we didn’t have a key.)  So I guess my bad news turned into good news because I received such great customer service from this dealership.  Thanks Infinity of Denver!!

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” – A reflection on 9/11 and current world events

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Today I came across the following article on the web:

70 Powerful Images From September 11, 2001 – By H.Q. Roosevelt


Looking at these photos taken on 9/11/01 and subsequent days brings back all of the shock, horror, grief and disbelief of that morning….When one plane, then two planes, then three planes, then four crashed into buildings and then in PA, I felt like it was the end of the world and that I was watching it happen on live television.

I remember the morning news program that I was watching that morning began its live coverage shortly after the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center.  I was shocked and thought “What a terrible accident!! How in the world did this happen?”  And then the second plane crashed into the World Trade Center while the cameras caught the unimaginable which was broadcast live to the world.  I called my father, who was working and had not yet heard of the horrible events that were unfolding in New York.  (The planes had not yet hit the Pentagon or crashed in Shanksville, PA.)  I am sure he must have thought I’d lost my mind when he heard me sobbing and trying to describe what I was seeing on the television.

For so many, it was the end of their worlds…..

I am horrified at the photos showing people falling in mid-air after choosing to jump and fall hundreds of stories to their deaths as opposed to burning alive in the buildings….I can’t conceive such desperation.

My heart resonates with the anguish and grief shown on the face of one man after viewing the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  At some point we just can’t process what we are witnessing and just have to cry.

I marvel at the photo taken eight days later showing firemen still battling a fire at ground zero, and other photos taken in October (weeks after the attack) where you can still see smoke & dust in the air.  We forget how very long it took to recover and restore the area after the tragedy.

Remembering this terrible event and all of the evil things that have happened since (school shootings, movie theater shootings, shootings at political events, bombings in Boston, etc.) and current events that are still happening in the world, it is clear that there will be no peace on this earth until Jesus Christ returns.

These verses from the Holy Bible seem relevant to this subject and give me comfort….They also help me focus on my responsibility in these times and also the hope that I have in Christ:

Ephesians 6:12:  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

John 8: 12:  When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

2 Peter 1:4:  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Revelation 3:10:  Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

1 Peter 4:7:  The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.

1 Corinthians 15:24:  Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.

Rev 22:20:  He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Credits for photos used in the collage included on this post:

Statue of Liberty (AP Photo/Dan Loh)
Brooklyn Bridge (STR/Reuters /Landov)
Collapsing Tower (AP Photo/Gulnara Samoilova)
Collapsing Towers aerial (AP Photo/NYPD, Det. Greg Semendinger)
People covered in dust (AP Photo/Gulnara Samoilova)
Firefighters Oct 11, 2011 (AP Photo/Stan Honda)

The Good News & The Bad News – Aug 21, 2013

The Good News: Had an enjoyable dinner & fellowship with girlfriends tonight!

The Bad News: After having returned over $100 worth of items to IKEA that I had bought for Brady’s apartment (since we found other things he liked better elsewhere) I turned right around and spent $73 of it before I even left the store! (TV stand & four canvas boxes to fit inside the cubes.) :-/

The Good News & The Bad News – Aug 19, 2013

The Good News:  Today I finished reading a book written by one of my favorite authors:  Maeve Binchy.  The book was titled “A Week in Winter”.  I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters, some new and some familiar from other novels that she has written.

The Bad News: This is the last new Maeve Binchy book I’ll ever read! Sadly she passed away in July 2012 soon after finishing this book, so there will be no more new books written by this talented and cherished author.

Denver First Church of the Nazarene (Englewood, CO)

Aug 11, 2013 – Denver First Church of the Nazarene

Denver First Church of the Nazarene is located at 3800 E. Hampden Ave in Englewood Colorado, 80113 one block west of Colorado Blvd. The church’s mission is to LOVE God with our whole heart and life, to GROW in personal faith and understanding of God’s Word, then GO to serve in Christ’s name at home, work and our community.

There are two opportunities for worship on Sunday mornings:

  • 9 am – Music is contemporary & led by a guitar driven band. The atmosphere for this service is casual. The Lead Pastor delivers a relevant Bible-based message.
  • 10:30 am – This service blends music preferences with a variety of praise choruses, hymns, and special music from the Celebration Choir and Orchestra. The Lead Pastor delivers the same Bible-based message that he shared during the earlier service. The atmosphere for this service is casual or semi-formal (with the emphasis on the comfort of the person attending.)

There is Youth & Children’s programming provided at the same times as the services. A nursery is available for babies through toddlers.

Ft. Collins, CO

Aug 10, 2013 – Ft. Collins/Lincoln Center

Ft. Collins is a great midsize college town located along the Colorado Front Range 65 miles north of Denver and is home to Colorado State University. The elevation of Ft. Collins is 5003 feet above sea level.

Ft. Collins has a local music circuit influenced by its college town atmosphere. There are a number of well known microbreweries. The city hosts a number of large Festivals each year in the historic downtown district.

The Lincoln Center (where we saw the Brian Regan concert) is the principal venue for the performing arts in Ft. Collins. It is located at 417 W. Magnolia St.

(Credit given to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Collins,_Colorado#Culture .)

Coors Field (Denver, CO)

Aug 9, 2013 – Coors Field

Coors Field

Coors Field (the home of the Colorado Rockies Ball Club) is located at 20th & Blake Streets in Denver’s “lower downtown” (or “LoDo”). The first official game held at Coors Field was played on April 26, 1995 (Colorado 11, New York Mets 9). Coors Field covers 76 acres of prime downtown real estate.

Getting to Coors Field is pretty easy…You can drive & park in one of the nearby lots paying anywhere from $7 on game day (Arapahoe Lot) to $13 on game day (Lot B). If you plan ahead you can purchase a ticket for Lot B for $12 at the Coors Field Ticket Office, Colorado Rockies Dugout Store, by phone at 303-ROCKIES (762-5437) or online at http://www.Rockies.com when purchasing tickets. There are also some offsite parking lots available along the 16th Street Mall or the Broadway/Lincoln Center. If you park in one of these you can take a shuttle to the ball park.

Public Transportation (RTD) is another option for getting to Coors Field. Use RockiesRide, Light Rail, the Broadway Shuttle or other regional or local routes. Call (303) 299-6000, or visit http://www.rtd-denver.com. Coors Field is located two blocks from Union Station.

Coors Field has 63 luxury suites and 4,526 club seats. The center field bleacher section is called “The Rockpile”. Rockpile seating area consists of 2300 bleacher seats added after the construction of the stadium as a way to increase capacity for popular games. Because these seats are the furthest in the stadium from home plate, they are the least expensive tickets available. Originally seats in the Rockpile cost $1 each….the current price is $4 each.

The Good News & The Bad News (Aug 8 – 18, 2013)

August 18, 2013


The Good News: My honey made the most perfect s’more I have ever seen!
The Bad News: I ate the whole thing!!

August 15, 2013

The Good News: I worked out in the BBH gym with Lynn & Jeanie today!
The Bad News: I could not keep up with them! I was the first one to quit my workout. But next time I’ll try to last a little bit longer!

August 13, 2013

The Good News: Chef Shannon cooking in the BBH kitchen today! Enjoyed hanging out with her in the kitchen while she cooked and am looking forward to having “Coconut Crusted Salmon” with coconut curry sauce & brown rice for dinner!
The Bad News: We didn’t win any Dave Matthews tickets on KBCO 97.3 today, despite several feverish attempts. 😦

August 12, 2013

The Good News: Sleeping in till 7:30 am & not getting out of bed till 8:00 am!
The Bad News: Redgie had to leave for a business trip & won’t be home till Friday. 😦

August 11, 2013

The Good News: I got to worship & praise the Lord in the early service at Denver First Church today! We usually go to the second service so this was a treat!
The Bad News: No Sunday afternoon nap!

August 10, 2013

The Good News: Brooks called us from Bahrain this morning! I almost didn’t answer because the CallerID said “Unknown”….so I’m glad I did! We were able to get on Skype and have a video call with Brooks for about 15 minutes. It was so great to see & talk with him! 🙂

More Good News: We went to Ft. Collins with our friends to see Brian Regan at the Lincoln Center. He is so funny and he uses NO profanity in his act! What a novel experience! Fun!
The Bad News: I learned that I should NEVER buy tickets for an event from a third-party vendor…..OUCH!

August 9, 2013

Coors Field

The Good News: Today we went to the Rockies vs Pirates game at Coors Field with a group of friends. Everyone in the group was supporting the Rockies except Redgie & I (who are Pirates fans.) We ate Rockies Dogs (brats with sautéed peppers & onions) and had a great time catching up and visiting with our friends.
The Bad News: The Pirates played miserably and lost the game 10-1! 😦

August 8, 2013

The Good News: Redgie was traveling home from his business trip today. His flight was overbooked so he volunteered to give up his seat. As a result he received a $425 travel voucher from USAIR, got on a United flight that arrived home sooner than his original flight and was upgraded to First Class! Wow!
The Bad News: We didn’t win the lottery! 😦