Monday, July 19, 2010

Thoughts on Tea …

As I look around me in this wonderful country I call home, I see my fellow countrymen ensnared in slavery, slavery to the almighty dollar. Either they don’t have enough or they have too much, both of which are deadly. In ancient Greece, the rich man lived on the same street as the poor man, and conspicuous consumption did not mar the rich man’s abode—it would have been unseemly to display more wealth than his poor neighbor (5thC BCE theatre).

Today many are consumed with either the acquisition of goods or the holding on too tightly to what we may already have. Concern about jobs, the lack thereof, or the desire for better jobs, devours our waking hours and fills our dreams. Will we ever get ahead or are we constantly dropping behind? Our conversations are filled with sighs or rants about the economy and politics and we will follow, sometimes blindly, anyone who will promise to get us out of the «fix» we’ve found ourselves in. But jumping from one political party to another, or coming up with a new one (The Tea Party) will not cure the ills of this country. Our President and his administration seem hell bent on destroying this country … but wait, Moses is on the way to lead us out of Egypt, out from the bondage of Pharaoh and his onerous taskmasters. "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

Friday, April 09, 2010

An Example of Low Cost Design Ideas

30 Low-Cost Cabinet Makeovers from Better Homes and Gardens
image from 30 Low-Cost Cabinet Makeovers, Better Homes & Gardens

As mentioned in a previous post, using a painting, or in this case a poster from which to draw your design inspiration, shows how an old kitchen can be modernized with just a coat of paint. Adding just one mug in the same sunny yellow ties the entire «look» together. Again whether you are just starting out or simplifying your life, using color choices to weed out, replace or renew can create harmony and peace.

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Treasure From the Past …

Love God...

Reverence your parents.
Submit to your superiors.
Despise not your inferiors.
Be courteous to your equals.
Pray daily & devoutly.
Converse with the good.
Imitate not the wicked.
Be always desirous of learning.
Study virtue & embrace it.
Provoke nobody.
Restrain your tongue.
Covet future honor, which only virtue & wisdom can procure.

In 1834, the Massachusettes Sabbath School Society borrowed from a book called The School of Good Manners, which had been around for over a century, to publish a few rules of behavior for their children.

This message was shared on Barbara Sarudy's blog, It's About Time. Barbara shares many photos, paintings and architectural wonders of the American past through her several blogs--living in the East does have it's advantages.