Thursday, July 9, 2015

Supreme Court Ruling, Mother Emmanuel funeral, Whitehouse Gospel Sing--all June 24, 2015!


WHAT A _______ FRIDAY! June 26, 2015—Supreme Court Ruling, Charleston Funeral, Gospel Sing at Whitehouse.  (unedited)
Review
 In answer to a New York Times Op-ed: Why I Can’t Forgive Dylann Roof, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Forgiveness does not mean condoning wrong.  Forgiveness is release to God.  At first it may not be a feeling but an act of the will.  I will forgive.  I pray God to give me the grace.  Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them.  They do not know what they do.” 
 The people of Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston are an example for us as they demonstrated how powerful is forgiveness.  They told Dylann Roof they forgave him and prayed for his soul. The funeral of Rev. Pinckney was encouraging, revealing how God can bring good out of tragedy.  “God works in mysterious ways,” President Obama said. He spoke of God’s grace—something we don’t deserve or earn—it is just given.  He sang, “Amazing Grace” and after he started, the church and the organ joined him.   
What if we, as a nation, had responded this way to 9/11? Some of the victims said, “Not in our name will you wage endless war, invade countries, bomb civilians, kill more children.”  With such methods have we not recruited more terrorists?  As a nation, we need forgiveness and God’s grace.
As I said, What a _______Friday!—June 26, 2015 
I know--"What's that line doing?  Well, it's a word and if you want to do what it is, you have to ask me privately.  :) It's not a bad word, but some people. . .we have to be sensitive to our brothers and sisters!
I.                   Supreme Court ruling regarding Gay Marriage.  I thought, "Oh, no--this can't be coming on the same day as the Charleston funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney!"   I  especially didn’t want it to overshadow the funeral or be used  to further tear our nation apart.  I prayed  much in the Spirit and am so grateful Billye Brim told the people on the Kenneth Copeland program about a month ago that God told her to get as many people as possible to pray in the Spirit at least l/2 hour each day WITH NO AGENDA! "We do not know how to pray as we ought but the Holy Spirit groans and makes utterings according to the will of God.  We speak mysteries."  We may be praying for someone in Africa--In this holy language we did not learn coming not from our head but from our innermost being,  our belly, our womb.  In the book of Acts, they didn't have the New Testament. The Holy Spirit came upon them with tongues of fire.  It's good if people pray in this language and some of their English prayers are canceled.  Jessie Penn-Lewis said, "Sometimes you have to plead the blood of Jesus over you from some people's prayers."  (I see I have to stop and leave this lesson for another time and get back to THE FRIDAY!

I am attaching my article, Ending the Gay Marriage Debate,  Polk County Democrat, January 14.  I want to be a peacemaker and address issues with God’s wisdom—to see the whole picture and not just one side or the other.  God has solutions of peace.  We are to find the mind of Christ.      

II. Funeral at Mother Emmanuel-- around 4 hours--it play repeatedly on  Cspan and into the night and early morning Saturday. The music, the speeches, I could feel the presence of God —so remarkable after such a tragedy!  I didn’t expect to be so uplifted and inspired!
 It was a celebration and I noticed that some people wore white.  You can see why I would identify with this.  You will remember that I wore white to Dick’s funeral. 
 If we would go on with the Lord, at some point we must learn to trust when we don't understand.  I learned this through the death of Lori, subsequent miscarriage after waiting over a year and then the birth of my beautiful Jacinda. 
 Mother Emmanuel--  I love the name of the church—“Emmanuel, God with us” (God, both our Father and our Mother) “She shall cover us with Her feathers and under Her wings we shall trust. . . When the Holy Spirit is come, She shall guide you into all truth and show you things to come.”  (In the original, the pronoun for the Holy Spirit is feminine.)
Memorize Psalm 91—God’s 911 #.  Read out loud everyday for 10 days. Then shut the Bible and stumble through the best you can.  See where you missed. Repeat.  With children who cannot read—read for 10 days and then leave out words. Psalm 23, Psalm 100--short to start with. "The Lord is my_______"SHEPHERD!" Psalm 91 is the Protection Psalm as many give testimony--it saved my life.  People will think your children are brilliant.  I did this with my children.  They said chapters when they were two.  Rebecca recited the Luke Christmas story when she was 3 at First Baptist Jacksonville, Florida--it was on TV.  (It seems we're free flowing--the Holy Spirit is like the wind--you can't put it in a box--hence no wind.
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The Dwelling Place—progressive revelation--the Bible teaches progressive revelation.
(1)   The Tabernacle: “ As Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for see, saith He, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.” Hebrews 8:5

(2)   Solomon’s Temple: “And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the Lrod must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and  of glory thourghout all countries.”  I Chronicles 22:5 

(3)   Jesus, “Emmanuel, God with us.” 

“Woman, believe me the hour cometh, when ye shall njither in this mountain, nor yet in at Jerusalem worship the Father. . .God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth.”  John 4

 

(4)   The Holy Spirit “Christ in us, the hope of glory.”  We are the Dwelling Place, the temple of the Lord through the Holy Spirit,

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  I Corinthians 6:19

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.” (II Corinthians 3:3)

“Then I will give them one heart and I will put a new Spirit within them and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 11:19)

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house. . .” I Peter 2:5

Song:

Without the sound of a hammer,

God’s building today,

A house to dwell in,

Forever to stay.

How firm a foundation!

How great to behold,

Every stone that is placed therein,

Shines forth as gold!

What could be better than Our Eternal Mother with us?  A mother’s love is unreasonable—nothing can stop it no matter what her child does.  (I think of the mother of James Holmes, the boy with the orange hair in the Dark Knight Rises theater killing.  She pleads for her son’s life, keeps a journal, prays for the victims.  Can we empathize with the parents as they sit in the court room day after day knowing their son has caused so much grief? What could be worse?  Wouldn’t this be even worse than your child being a victim?)

 Today, June 29, on the Andrew Womack program he was talking about God’s grace.  How you can’t earn it—he was doing all the right things but that didn’t give him peace—not until he realized grace as a free gift.  It is grace received by faith. “Therefore, having been justified by  faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom also we have access by faith in this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1,2)  He pointed out that someone said that the  Bible was written by murderers—Moses, David, Paul. What if we believed in redemption?  How would that affect our prison system?  

At the Charleston funeral we heard how grace is not something we earn or deserve,  but God gives freely since it has been paid for by the blood of  Jesus. 

A story I’ve recited since college: “Dopshun in search of a Mother—about a little girl in an orphanage who is obsessed about adoption and getting a mother—so much so that at a program where she was supposed to recite Psalm 23, she said, “The Lord is my mother.”  Actually, that’s right!  Jesus is our Mother!  This revelation came to Lady Julian (1342-14-16).  Written about 1395, her work, Revelations of Divine Love, is said to be the first book written in English by a woman.  Jesus came to her and she saw Jesus as Mother.  I first heard of her by this quotation, “All shall be well.  And all shall be well.  And all manner of things shall be well.”

May, 2013, No Arms

I was at my son’s in Fleming Island—which is between Orange Park and St. Augustine.  I rode my bike to the library thinking to get some books for my friend, Gerri, who is in a psychiatric ward in New York.  Friends of the Library sell books for $1.00.  One of the books I got was Chicken Soup for the Soul.  I read one of the beginning stories entitled, A Family for Freddie. 

It’s about a little boy in an adoption center without arms.  Months go by and no one comes by to adopt him.  There’s a couple who have been wanting to adopt for a long time, but they were told they didn’t have enough money or their house was too small. This is the family who adopt Freddie.


I wept when I read this story. Later when I read it to my grandchildren, Patrick Anabelle and Philip, I cried again.  It is not unusual for me to get tears in my eyes and cry at movies or

when reading a book, but this was affecting me in a way beyond my understanding.  I wondered,  why is this story affecting me so much?

 

Sometimes you know things in your spirit that your mind has not yet figured out.  A good example is the Norman Williams story.  Before the plane crash, as was their custom before a trip, he and his mother put their hands on the Bible to pray for the trip.  As they did so, his mother began to weep--she had never done that before.  It was the greatest plane crash in aviation history. Norman Williams came through standing on, When you pass through the fire, it shall not burn you."



I told people about the story and read it again to my daughter’s children—Abigail, Robert and Jonathan.  Jacinda said, “It’s a Mom thing.”  Yes, it was, but. . .

I don’t look on Facebook very often, but one day I did and happened to see this entry by my daughter, Rebecca:

May 3, Noah’s question of the day:  Mom, when I was born, did I have arms?

Just a few days after I read the story, Noah asked this question.  My youngest daughter, Rebecca, lives in Brooklyn—I moved from Riverdale in the Bronx in April—so I used to be close by.  I took care of him since his birth and one of the hardest things in my life has  been to be separated from him.  To know that Noah said this was a great comfort to me—to know that even though I was not physically near him, I was still bonded and connected to him. 

And yet—

I knew there was more the Spirit was saying through this story—

Everything in the physical is a shadow of the reality in the Spirit—arms—God’s arms.

I thought of these song words that go with Amazing Grace:

Amazing friends have been God’s arms

To hold and comfort me

And ‘tis by grace I now can see

My heart has been set free.

 I heard Joseph Prince refer to “the arm of the Lord” in Isaiah 53:

“To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed. . .”  He said this was Jesus—the arm of the Lord was Jesus. 

Wanting to discover more I looked up “arm” and “arms” in a Biblical concordance.

I noticed that many verses speak of “God’s outstretched Arm.”  Our holy Mother’s arm stretched out to us.

One morning I woke up and knew what it was about--Our Mother weeps.  She stands without arms to help her.  She needs for us to let the Word become flesh in us—that we might be hands and feet and voice and arms for her.  Think of all the mothers of suffering children—incarcerated, medicated in psychiatric wards, refugees--some without water, shelter?  Is this God’s will? No.  After a catastrophe, someone said to God, “How could you let this happen?”  God said, “How could you let this happen?”

Without God, we cannot; without us God will not—or rather God cannot.  Kenneth Hagin says you can’t just pray and ask God to take the devil away.  No, we have to do it.  We have to resist the devil and command him in Jesus’ name to be gone. Prayer is so important.  How grateful I am that we can pray in the Spirit for things beyond our understanding that we don’t even know we are praying about.  However, someone said, Two simple prayers through the day are “Help” and “Thank You.” 

We have freewill.  The Word must become flesh in us. “Without God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1

If you did not see Charleston funeral, do go to C-span and see it.

3. Last event of Friday—Gospel Sing at the Whitehouse—I thought what a schedule for the President and Michelle!

 One of the songs:

What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain:

Leaning, leaning, Safe and secure from all alarms;

Leaning, leaning, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

2. O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

O how bright the path grows from day to day,

Leaning on the everlasting arms

3.What have I to dread, what have I to fear,

Leaning on the everlasting arms?

I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Sheilah Hill, 1400 Old Bartow Eagle Lake Rd. #4110, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863) 904-7363; (863) 409-7071

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 6, 2015


Lady Liberty Quality of Life Brigade and Shining River Press

Mission Statement:

            Shining River will go all over the  world, singing, dancing, laughing, leaping from sea to shining sea, gathering beauty, wisdom, understanding, instruction and knowledge from many pens, musicians, composers, poets, artists, teachers, carpenters, gardeners, etc--some from the distant past, some from the  emerging present, some from the budding future. We shall return to The Garden!

"Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all."--Jeremiah 31:12

 

            She gathers together the outcasts” (Psalm 147:2) to make Polk County a world class example for mental health and prisoners.  The Brigade will have dental for everyone and musical instruments.   A plan of  recovery--not Big Pharma Making Mental Patients.  Psychiatric is at the top of health care expense.  Recovery will greatly reduce cost.  We will have respite houses for those in altered states of consciousness (see Lakeland Ledger comments to mental illness articles blog  below)  We will make banners (Song of Solomon 6: “awesome as an army with banners”)and restore furniture, write books, art, music, etc.  The income will more than take care of the expense.  Grants will flood in for such a program.  What if we believed in redemption?

 

"Psychiatry has no label for delusions of grandeur that come to pass." 

--Dr. Ronald Fieve, Mood Swing

"For with God nothing shall be impossible."

 

Recovery is the will of God.  I am VERY ENCOURAGED FOR AMERICA.   The greatest liability America has is this distortion of truth, lies, jumping to judgment.  I see this shortly to blow off of center stage and then what is already in the wings to come forth—so many wonderful people doing what they have been put on this earth to do!  Praise God from whom all blessings flow! “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and not learn war anymore.”  “Glory to God in the Highest and on earth, peace. . .”the angels sang.

 

            Many victorious battles have been won by music. Examples: Psalm100, Psalm 149; 150; II Chronicles 20; Acts 16:20-24, Nehemiah 6, I Samuel 16:23; II Kings 6:8-23; Judges 6-8;Joshua; Psalm 46; Luke 2:13,14.  Biblically, we are told over 500 times to “Praise the Lord” and 400 times to “Fear not.”  Security is in the Secret Place—God’s 911 #-Psalm 91:1 “She who dwells in the Secret Place. . .”—Memorize Psalm 91. Read  aloud for 10 days. Shut Bible, stumble through, see where you missed. Repeat. For children who can’t read, after 10 days leave out words—start with Psalm 23 or Psalm 100. End of month it’s in your heart.

                The greatest progress needs to be made in the human heart.” –President William Jefferson Clinton

 

The Meetinghouse, Shining River, 1400 Old Bartow Eagle Lake Rd. #4110, Bartow, Florida 33830, 863-409-7071;  Go to Web site and click on recent thoughts blog for comments on Lakeland Ledger articles on Mental Illness and the Baker Act—present condition in Polk County.http://www.ladylibertyqualityoflifebrigade.com

 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Mother Emmanuel and Lessons of Forgiveness


 

Mother Emmanuel and Lessons of Forgiveness

Forgiveness does not mean condoning wrong.  Forgiveness is release to God.  At first it may not be a feeling but an act of the will.  I will forgive.  I pray God to give me the grace.  Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them.  They do not know what they do.” 

 The people of Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston are an example for our nation as they demonstrated how powerful is forgiveness.  They told Dylann Roof they forgave him and prayed for his soul. The music, and the speeches of the four hour funeral of Rev. Pinkney were inspiring and uplifting, revealing how God can bring good out of tragedy.  “God works in mysterious ways,” President Obama said. He spoke of God’s grace—something we don’t deserve or earn—it is just given.  He sang, “Amazing Grace”, the church joining him.   If you did not see this, I pray you will. (C-Span, June 26, 2015)

What if we, as a nation, had responded this way to 9/11? Some of the victims said, “Not in our name will you wage endless war, invade countries, bomb civilians, kill more children.”  With such methods have we not recruited more terrorists?  As a nation, we need forgiveness and God’s grace.

 

Monday, March 30, 2015

They Turned the World Upside Down


They Turned the World Upside Down
Holy Troublemakers
 

Over 20 years ago I was at Christian Retreat near Bradenton at my father’s invitation.  He lived in Sarasota and loved Christian Retreat.  He had arranged for all his kids to go free--I am the eldest of 6 and the only one who took him up on this.  There were no rooms available except The Executive Suite—so that is what I was given—The Executive Suite—it was beautiful with  kitchen, living room, besides bedroom. A remarkable experience happened to me there—see Why I Wrote Taking Communion With Muddy Feet. 
       
      On the last day of August I have my daughter's car and I'm taking a nostalgic journey to Christian Retreat.  She had given me googled directions—which leads the back way—good roads but hardly any cars on the road—so I can enjoy the country side and observe the little towns and houses along the way. I love this!  
 

             Near the end of my journey I come to a very small town, Parrish.  I look at my google directions and I'm puzzled--did I miss a turn?  I have the distinct feeling, however, that "I am in the right place at the right time."   

      I look around for a place to inquire.  I stop at a little gas station store--however, the two Mexican young men smile, but can't help me.  Down the road--a church--lots of cars.  I'll go there. 

        As I walk  into the vestibule, I hear the pastor reading from Acts these words, "They turned the world upside down! 

   The words are electrifying!  God said those words right then--it was "the proceeding Word" !  

             I open the door and someone hands me a bulletin.  I tell a man, George, that I need help--directions.  This nice man comes out into the vestibule and tells me how to go--very easy. I give him my book, La Verde de la Vida. 

       Then I ask him where the restroom is.  (When you go by the Spirit, it is important to pay attention to your body--if you are thirsty, sleepy, hungry, need to use the restroom--this can lead you to the right place.  One time I went past a store--I was both thirsty and needed to use the restroom.  I had prayed to see a lady.  There she was--right in front of me in the checkout line .  As we were standing there,  the register broke so we had plenty of time to talk.) 

          Anyway, George tells me,  “Go to the next building, through the double doors. . .”.  As I go in the next building, the  pastor's  message continues over the intercom.  It was the same message so strong inside of me that I had unsuccessfully  tried to share here and there—with some churches, etc.   It was wonderful to have this rapport.  I  thought, I must hear the rest of the message.   So I went back to the vestibule and sat down and listened until he was finished--tears were in my eyes to hear God's heart and what was on my heart that the people  of  the Bartow church and other places just didn't seem to receive.  The first time I went to the Bartow church, I gave the pastor my letter about the Refugee Children at the Border. He did nothing with it.   I was looking for a Spanish church--My book has a Spanish name. 

You can listen to this message on line:  Holy Troublemakers:  August 31, 2014 



Parrish United Methodist Church 

            It was around 9:00 when I left--service at Christian Retreat 10:00 so I have plenty of time--just about 15 minutes to Christian Retreat. 

Below is a Kenneth Hagin sermon I listened to this morning.  I didn't mean to post it to you, but I was posting it for someone else and it came out.  When Faith is weak and you think all is lost
Holy Troublemakers

            The next day, September 1, 2014,  after I have been at Christian Retreat,            

for some reason, I open to E.M. Bounds book on The Power of Prayer.  I was startled to read:

 August 30 entry: 

THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

“Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore,

to send out workers into His harvest field.”   Matthew 9:38 

      God can work wonders if He has a suitable man.  [woman] People can work wonders if they let God lead them.  The full gift of the Spirit which turned the world upside-down would be useful in these days.

     People who can stir things mightily for God, whose spiritual revolutions change the whole aspect of things, are the universal need of the church. 

     The church has never been without these people.  They are the standing miracles of the divinity of the church. Their example and history are an unfailing inspiration and blessing.  We should pray that such people would increase in number and power. 

    I pray today, Father God, that men and women who can stir things mightily for Your good purposes will increase in number and power in the world.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Voices from the Past Advocate for Mass Transit


Lady Liberty Quality of Life Brigade and Shining River Press
Sheilah Hill
1400 Old Bartow Eagle Lake Rd. #4110
Bartow, Florida 33830
(863) 904-7363; 409-7071

Voices from the Past Advocate for Mass Transit
Song:
Alabama--I'm in a hurry
I'm in a hurry to get things done
(oh,) I rush and rush until life's no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But, I'm in a hurry and I don't know why

 

            My grandfather was first to have a car in his community, a small town in Indiana—Francesville. It was an Essex.  Later he owned a Ford Motor Company dealership in a neighboring town—Monon.   In 2000, years after he was gone, I was walking alone over the fields of his beautiful Mill Farm where is a lake, a hill, a forest. It’s a sacred place where in days past the family reunion was held every 4th of July.   

Also, tragically, one 4th of July, in 1935, young Paulie, my mother’s handsome, charming gifted brother, crashed his airplane and was killed before them all, his girlfriend, Ruth, surviving.  He was only 21—my mother, 16. He had been so excited about his new plane, “Dad, you’ll see me flying in!”  He did fly in, but the next day, being a novice pilot, he shot up too quickly causing the plane to stall which meant the plane came straight down, nose first. It was a two-seater, Ruth in back of him.  He had shouted to her, “Jump! Jump, for your life!”  But she had said, “No, no, Darling, I’m staying with you!”    Inconsolable, it was many years before she finally married.   

In reverie, feeling especially near to my grandparents and those who had gone before, in my spirit these words unmistakably came to me:  

"Cars and trucks shall spiral down.  Railroads, mass transit, hiking and biking will spiral up and there will be quiet places in the midst of the city for horse and buggy."  

 I then drove into Monon just in time to see what appeared to be a truck and car parade going down the main street of little Monon--like I was being shown how out of balance things were.  Immediately after this experience on The Mill Farm, there was the Firestone Tire Recall. 


Back in the Bronx, where I lived at the time, I met an elderly gentlemen, David Ashley, whose expertise was public transportation—he could tell you the history and present mass transit in cities all over world—he loved trains.  He told of the superior mass transit of Spain and Switzerland—also of some of our American cities which have free mass transit: Chattanooga, Savanah, and Seattle.   “Cars and trucks have become weapons of mass destruction causing 1/10 of the population to use up 9/10 of the resources," he said.  The US ranks first in oil consumption at a rate of 20.7 million barrels a day. (Wikipedia) 

The car industry did spiral down.  I wish I could have been an advisor to the President, “Don’t bail out the car industry. Put the money into trains, buses and bike sharing.  Give the car employees train and bus jobs.”  I blame myself more than President Obama. I should have been more persistent and diligent in getting the message out.  Even now, there has been much recall in the car industry.  (Please see recall information below) 

In New York, I didn't need a car. On subway or bus you can read, sleep, visit or watch people.  Once a sign in one of the subways read:  One subway car keeps 125 cars off of the road. 

Here in Bartow the buses are infrequent during the week--no transportation on week-ends or evenings.  Cars are a big expense—people dependent upon the bus are greatly limited in job opportunities.  Polk County is said to be #7 out of the top 100 areas for poverty, partly due to lack of a good transit system. (Brookings Institute) More people with jobs will mean a stronger economy and more taxes collected.  I believe good public transit will actually lower crime—people will be less stressed out.   

On NPR, the Diane Rehm show, concerns were expressed about lenders too often giving car loans to those who are too poor to be reasonably expected to afford the payments.  They default on their loans and then have no way to get to work.


Elderly people, who don’t want to drive and really shouldn’t, feel they must if they want to get around. 

Too many cars on the road and the lack of public transportation bring stress to everyone. Get Used to Gridlock on I-75, Experts Say, (Lakeland Ledger, 8/29/2014). It’s bad for the environment and the air we breathe.

In Viewpoint, Polk County Democrat, January 24, I read, “Mass Transit is alive and well in Polk County.”  Really?  I’ve been in many cities and this is by far the worst.   

For example, wanting to attend a meeting in downtown Lake Wales at 12:00, I called MY RIDE County Wide Transit Plan, 855-POLKBUS (765-5287) to enquire about getting there – a 30 minute trip by car.  

   I was kept on hold for 8 minutes.  Finally, when someone answered, this was the route:  Be at the courthouse at 6:10 (This requires a 20 minute walk in the dark.).  Catch the 22XW to Winter Haven terminal.  Catch the 30 to Walmart, Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales—a place I definitely do not want to go.   For downtown historic Lake Wales I will need to catch the 35 and it goes infrequently.  Let’s see, did I write down all the times the 35 leaves Eagle Ridge? Anyway, I can’t leave later than 6:10 or I won’t be able to make the connections to arrive at noon.   Now what about getting back to Bartow?  I was exhausted at the getting-there directions.  I felt I just couldn’t ask how to get back.  To go to an hour meeting would be an all day project.   

            Before this last election I advocated for Mass Transit.  Sometimes I wore my Lady Liberty crown.  (www.ladylibertyqualityoflifebrigade.com)  I was stunned by much of the reception I received here in Bartow revealing a lack of vision and kindness:

            “I have a car.  I don’t need public transportation.”

            “I don’t want any more taxes.  Who’s going to pay for those buses?”

Do they realize how much the cars are subsidized? The roads?  In The Atlantic Monthly, January/ February 2015 Buses are for Other People, “Driving charges might be more compelling if we considered the full economic impact of auto dependence.  The secondary costs—from lost productivity to road accidents, to pollution. . .estimates are staggering. One scholar has put the total social cost of motor-vehicle use at as much as $3.3 trillion a year.” 

When I wait with my bike on the corner of Wilson and Van Fleet and observe the noise and rush of all the trucks and cars whizzing by, I want to ask, “Where is everyone going in such a hurry?”  And if someone doesn’t move on the very second the light turns green, a horn will likely honk.

Contemplate all that is sacrificed for these cars—our pristine forests, wildlife and more and more of the earth is covered with concrete. 

Song:
Alabama--I'm in a hurry
I'm in a hurry to get things done
(Oh,) I rush and rush until life's no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But, I'm in a hurry and I don't know why 

Rebel.  Get off of the merry-go-round and out of the “the rat race.”  Take a walk in nature. Amble down a lane led on by surprises. Ride a bike and discover a new path--so many beautiful places here in Florida.  Sit on a bench with a cup of coffee or tea, peanut butter balls* and your journal writing down thoughts that come on the wing. Hear the angels among the whisper of the trees.  Maybe your mother is trying to get through to you.  “Wherefore we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses.”  (Hebrews 12:1) Listen to a bird call.  Ride a bus with a book.  Notice who’s sitting next to you.

 I pray eyes be opened and perceptions enlarged to the importance of good public transit for all of us. As has been said, “What affects one segment of the population affects us all.” When we come to solutions, they are best for everyone concerned.  Mass transit benefits everyone. We may differ as to how the buses are paid for, but it should be a given—we must have mass transit. 

A friend, Doug, who has had a near death experience, told me some years ago, “If you go too fast, you’ll age.” Actually, the faster you go, the less time you have.  So consider: go slower—don’t always rush about in cars.  I challenge you—fast your car for a week.  Ride the bus, bike, catch a ride with someone else, borrow a car, or what about possibly walking? You’ll meet people, have adventures and may be surprised by some divine appointments.

*peanut butter balls—these can satisfy your sweet tooth without being so bad for you.

Mix these 5 ingredients together: Peanut butter (I use almond butter—it’s better for you), dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, or cherries), nuts (I prefer walnuts); maple syrup (the good kind) and dry milk (I prefer Alba—it’s from cows not treated with rBST) Roll in balls and put in refrigerator.
 

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Notes:  

  I’m a story teller.  I feel I must add this funny story--I think I need to give a little background.  Sometimes one has to tell 13 stories to get to the one story!   

My grandparents came over from Austria/Hungary in 1904.  Things were well for them, but they belonged to a church that didn’t believe in war.  My great grandparents had only one daughter, Angela, but 7 sons and they didn’t want to give their sons for Europe’s wars. They felt led of God to come to America. Since they obeyed early, they did not come as refugees but brought their fine furniture, chandeliers, etc. on the boat.

 Later during World War I and World War II family and friends lost their sons and their land.  My grandparents were often sponsoring people coming from the Old Country, which today is no longer Austria/Hungary, but Serbia.  Their town, Cvenenka, is 100 miles from Belgrade.  

 The church also had quaint customs, some similar to the Mennonites and Amish.   

My grandfather, one of the ministers, was progressive for his church and time.  For example, he had a radio, which he covered with a cloth so as “to not offend the brethren.”   

One day an elder of the church was coming to visit by train.  This elder had a conviction against cars.  Since he was not met with horse and buggy as he expected, but my grandfather with his car, he was in a quandary.  What was he supposed to do?  He certainly had to be true to the belief he felt God had given him. He elected to ride with one foot outside the car. 

Passed down through the generations, my mother told this funny story with a laugh.  But now I’m thinking, “Maybe that elder had something and we shouldn’t laugh so much at him. Sometimes people have to be extreme on the other side to pull society over to the middle and more balance.”   

As I am looking up this recall information, I am understanding more clearly the message I received on the Mill Farm.  Since my grandfather was so responsible for getting cars on the road, could it be that he now wants to be helpful to see what can be done to get things more in balance? 

My grandparents were wonderful people—hardworking, generous and thrifty—as opposed to some who are lazy, selfish and wasteful.

He also had an International Harvester dealership in Francesville.  If people didn’t pay their bills, he did nothing about it—especially during the depression.  He was always there to help people.  Likewise my grandmother’s hands—gardening, freezing, canning and then giving out the Mason Jars—I remember especially plums.  If there was any disagreement or bad feeling between any of us, she would touch one’s arm and say, “You go now and make peace.” 

Look at these recalls:

5 OF THE BIGGEST CAR RECALLS  EVER:

 http://www.investopedia.com/slide-show/car-recalls/ --below copied from website. 

(1)   The Chrysler Group’s recall of 13,000 Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300s due to anti-lock brake problems. Through the years they have let devastating design flaws slip through the cracks in the production line resulting in more than a million models recalled.

(2)   Toyota’s Out-of-Control Gas Pedals, 2009 and 2010—Size of recall 9 million vehicles.

(3)   Ford’s Failure to Park Recall.  21 million vehicles affected.  All vehicles between 1976-1980.In the largest auto recall to date, Ford was forced to repair 20 million vehicles after a safety defect in their transmission system caused more than 6,000 accidents. 1,700 injuries and 98 deaths.  Cost to Ford $1.7 billion

(4)   The Tahata Seatbelt Scandal, 1995

8.3 million vehicles—Numerous models affected—Honda, Nissan, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, GM, Mazon, Suzuki, Subar, and Isuzu.  Between 1986-1995. The belts were prone to crash and jam, trapping the driver and passenger in their seats.  Replacement 8 million—estimated cost $1 billion

(5) Fire Strikes Ford Vehicles

            Size of recall: 14 million vehicles—1996. 

Models affected:  Numerous Ford models, including The Explorer, Bronco, F-Series, Trucks and Lincoln Town Cars

 What Happened? Just months after a faulty ignition scandal rocked the company, the Michigan automaker was forced to recall a massive 14 million vehicles after it was revealed that a small electronic switch used to deactivate the cruise control function when the brake was applied could overheat and start a fire. At the cost of $20 a switch, the fix is estimated to have cost the company around $280 million.

(6)Ford Ignition Problem, 1996

Size of Recall: 8.7 million vehicles
Models Affected: 1988-1993 models of Ford Aerostar, Bronco, Crown Victoria, Mustang, Escort, Tempo and F-Series Trucks; Mercury Cougar, Grand Marquis and Topaz and Lincoln Town Car.
 
What Happened? During the late '80s, the auto giant installed ignition switches in its vehicles that were prone to short circuit, leading to overheating, smoking and occasionally full-blown fires within the steering column. Sometimes the switches even ignited when the car was parked and turned off. Luckily, Ford managed to recall the flaming igniters before any injuries were reported. After all was said and done, the incendiary mistake cost the company around $200 million.

Conclusion:

Though these might be some of the most expensive recalls to ever strike America's auto industry, they certainly aren't the last. Every day, government regulators and victimized consumers continue to uncover widespread oversights in auto-makers' manufacturing process, forcing the industry to undergo ever-more recalls and "Safety Management Campaigns." So drive safely out there, because you never know which vehicle will be the next to be dubbed America's most dangerous.