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July 1, 2008


Safest Place On Earth

Taken from Oneplace.com and Discover the Book radio program

The Safest Spot in the Universe
by Dr. John Barnett

The safest spot on earth is just outside Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is a super secure military command center called NORAD. There in the Rockies, under Cheyenne Mountain, a mile deep in the granite corridors, is the heart of America's missile defense center.

The main entrance to the complex is approximately one-third of a mile from the North Portal via a tunnel which leads to a pair of steel Blast Doors each weighing 25 tons. Behind the 25-ton blast doors is a steel building complex built within a 4.5 acre grid of excavated chambers and tunnels and surrounded by 2,000 feet of granite. Excavation began for the new NORAD Combat Operations Center in Cheyenne Mountain in May 1961. The excavation was nearly complete one year later.

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July 2, 2008

This Day In Christian History: July 2

Miltiades was elected 32nd pope of the Catholic Church. During his pontificate,Christianity was finally tolerated by Rome, following the Emperor Constantine's conversionto the Christian faith.

Birth of Thomas Cranmer, first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury and primaryauthor of the 'Book of Common Prayer' and 'Thirty-Nine Articles' of the Anglican Church.

The first Bible in America printed in English was published in Boston.

Death of Washington Gladden, 82, a popular Congregational theologian of the SocialGospel. He also authored the hymn, 'O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee.'

Pioneer linguistic educator Frank C. Laubach wrote in a letter: '[God has saidto me,] If I do not speak to you in words at times, it is because the reality all about youis greater than the imperfect symbols of things which you have in words.'

American Treasured Documents

I found an official site which shows original documents from U.S. history! It's @ American Treasure of the Library of Congress.

July 8, 2008

This Day In History

This day in history from the History Channel website.

July 10, 2008

The Loss of A Friendship

A friend that betrays his friend makes a big mistake and loses a sweet privilege.

His gain is loss;
for he that wrongs his friend
Wrongs himself more, and ever has about
A silent court and jury, and himself
The prisoner at the bar, ever condemned.
~Alfred Tennyson.

Taken from Leaves of Live @ Oneplace.

July 11, 2008

Irene Sendler, Holocast Heroine

Irene Sendler saved around 2400 children from the Jewish ghetto by pretending she was a plumber. She would go into the ghettos and smuggle children out. She would use her tool box to smuggle out babies and she had a dog that she trained to bark when the Gestapo police were near. After she smuggled them out she kept their name in a jar buried in her back yard, hoping to reunite them with their parents later on. The site Life In A Jar gives more details of her story. Here's a picture of this lovely lady.

She was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Here's a site that tells more of this amazing woman's story. There is a play being performed in different areas of the U.S. Here's its schedule.

July 12, 2008

Love Of Freedom And Family

I went to buy groceries today at the Wal-mart Neighborhood Market on 31st and Garnett in Tulsa. While I was looking for some sandwich cheese in the dairy section I saw a man in camoflauge pants and a army looking t-shirt. To get his attention, I asked him if he was in the military. He turned around and said, "Yes, Ma'am".

He said he'd been in for 20 years and he went to Iraq when the Twin Towers fell. And then he raised his foot and knocked on the side of his leg. I heard a hollow sound. He said he got his leg blown off. And then he said in an upbeat voice that he would go and do it again.

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It's Raining Again

It rained around midday and then it rained this evening . . . while I was walking! But it doesn't bother me. I love the rain.

Roger Hodson of Supertramp fame, the song, It's Raining Again

July 13, 2008

Zucchini Recipes

Zucchinis are a boring squash to eat. You really need to find some simple recipes filled with strategic spices that will bring this vegetable to life.

Zucchini Parmesan

2 large zucchini, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
In a large pot boil the zucchini until tender; drain. Meanwhile, in a medium frying pan heat the olive oil over medium heat and saute the onion and garlic until the onion is tender.
Combine the zucchini, onion and garlic in a 9x12 inch casserole dish, and mix well. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the mixture and stir well. Top with mozzarella cheese (use more or less depending on your preference).
Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

THE best easy recipe I have ever tried!
Grate zucchini
Sprinkle with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper
Stir to combine.
Dish onto plates, and top with shredded parmesan cheese and ENJOY. Light, refreshing, and uses up TONS of zuicchini. All my kids love it too - yum!
Taken from GardenWeb.com

Tomato Zucchini Skillet

Cook Time: 10 minutes
1/2 cup sliced green onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 small bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds zucchini, unpeeled, sliced 1/2-inch thick
3 tomatoes, peeled and each cut in 8 wedges

Directions for tomato and zucchini recipe. Cook onion and garlic in oil until onion is tender. Add sugar, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and zucchini. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes; heat through. Remove bay leaf before serving tomato zucchini recipe. Tomato zucchini recipe serves 8 to 10.

Taken from About.com Southern Foods

July 15, 2008

Love God In Hard Times

Taken from Streams In The Desert @ Oneplace.com

It is easy to love Him when the blue is in the sky,
When summer winds are blowing, and we smell the roses nigh;
There is little effort needed to obey His precious will
When it leads through flower-decked valley, or over sun-kissed hill.

It is when the rain is falling, or the mist hangs in the air,
When the road is dark and rugged, and the wind no longer fair,
When the rosy dawn has settled in a shadowland of gray,
That we find it hard to trust Him, and are slower to obey.

It is easy to trust Him when the singing birds have come,
And their canticles are echoed in our heart and in our home;
But 'tis when we miss the music, and the days are dull and drear,
That we need a faith triumphant over every doubt and fear.

And our blessed Lord will give it; what we lack He will supply;
Let us ask in faith believing--on His promises rely;
He will ever be our Leader, whether smooth or rough the way,
And will prove Himself sufficient for the needs of every day.

To trust in spite of the look of being forsaken; to keep crying out into the vast, whence comes no returning voice, and where seems no hearing; to see the machinery of the world pauselessly grinding on as if self-moved, caring for no life, nor shifting a hair-breadth for all entreaty, and yet believe that God is awake and utterly loving; to desire nothing but what comes meant for us from His hand; to wait patiently, ready to die of hunger, fearing only lest faith should fail--such is the victory that overcometh the world, such is faith indeed. --George MacDonald

The public domain version of this classic devotional is the unabridged edition of Streams in the Desert. This first edition was published in 1925 and the wording is preserved as originally written. Connotations of words may have changed over the

Ultimately Thoughts Become Destiny!

My husband found this on the web. He couldn't find who said it.

Watch your thoughts,
they become words.

Watch your words,
they become actions.

Watch your actions,
they become habits.

Watch your habits,
they become character.

Watch your character,
they become destiny.

July 17, 2008

Isaac Watts Quote

Taken from Leaves of Life @ Oneplace.com.

So frail is the youth and beauty of men,
Though they bloom and look gay like the rose;
But all our fond cares to preserve them is vain,
Time kills them as fast as he goes.
Then I'll not be proud of my youth nor my beauty,
Since both of them wither and fade;
But gain a good name by well doing my duty;
For this will scent like the rose when I'm dead.
—Isaac Watts.

Earthly Possessions Quotes

“We have very little, so we have nothing to be preoccupied with. The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have, the more free you are.”

— Mother Teresa

“There can be no doubt that possessive clinging to things is one of the most harmful habits in the Christian life. Because it is so natural, it is rarely recognized for the evil that it is. But its outworkings are tragic.”

— A. W. Tozer

July 20, 2008

Peace Of Heart

Taken from Joy and Strength @ OnePlace.com

PEACE of heart lies in perfect resignation to the will of God.
What you need is true simplicity,
a certain calmness of spirit which comes from entire surrender to all that God wills,
patience and toleration for your neighbor's faults,
and a certain candor and childlike docility in acknowledging your own faults.
The trouble you feel about so many things comes from your not accepting everything which may happen to you, with sufficient resignation to God.
Put all things, then, in His hands, and offer them beforehand to Him in your heart, as a sacrifice.
From the moment when you cease to want things to be according to your own judgment,
and accept unconditionally whatever He sends,
you will be free from all your uneasy retrospects and anxieties about your own concerns.

~Francois De La Mother F? Nelson

July 23, 2008

Tulsa Audubon Society

If you have an interest in learning about birds in Tulsa check out the Tulsa Audobon Society website. On the site they have a guide to birding in Oklahoma.

July 24, 2008

Dr. Oz's Anti-Aging Checklist

I found this excellent advice on the Oprah Winfrey site

Kayaking In Tulsa

Did you know you can go Kayaking in Tulsa, Oklahoma?

@ the Riverside Parks website you can learn some details.

People like to kayak on the Zink Lake which is located near the Zink Dam. It is an impoundment pool between 29th street and 11 street/Southwest Boulevard. Along the west bank of the river south of Zink Dam is an area of whitewater that is created by a rock jetty.

There is also a Zink Island that you could go by on your little adventure. This man-made island in Zink Lake is used by the endangered Interior Least Tern for nesting. The island may be observed from the River Parks area near 15th Street, which features a bench dedicated to the late Fred Pianalto, a Tulsa Audubon member who first publicized the Least Terns on the River and was known as the "Birdman of River Parks". Here's it is on Google Maps.

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Tulsa Fun 5Ks

There are 5k events in Tulsa that would be alot of fun for families. Here are some examples:

August 16
Riverside 5000

August 23
GetFitTulsa Mud Run

September 6
Walk/Run For a Drug-free Life

Still more 5ks @ OkRunner.com~ The list gets longer from week to week.

July 25, 2008

Prayer For U.S. Election

The National Day of Prayer website provides opportunity to pray for the elections that will come in November.

July 26, 2008

Hang Gliding

How fun!!

Some more fun in Colorado, to the song Where Eagles Fly by Sammy Hagar

July 30, 2008


Here a short news video from the Christian organization, CitizenLink.

Here's their website link.

Good Deeds Left Undone

Taken from Streams In The Desert @ OnePlace.com

What am I to do?
I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good work, therefore, any kindness, or any service I can render to any soul of man or animal let me do it now.
Let me not neglect or defer it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
--An Old Quaker Saying

It isn't the thing you do, dear,
It's the thing you leave undone,
Which gives you the bitter heartache
At the setting of the sun;
The tender word unspoken,
The letter you did not write,
The flower you might have sent, dear,
Are your haunting ghosts at night.

The stone you might have lifted
Out of your brother's way,
The bit of heartsome counsel
You were hurried too much to say;
The loving touch of the hand, dear,
The gentle and winsome tone,
That you had no time or thought for,
With troubles enough of your own.

These little acts of kindness,
So easily out of mind,
These chances to be angels,
Which even mortals find
They come in night and silence,
Each chill reproachful wraith,
When hope is faint and flagging,
And a blight has dropped on faith.

For life is all too short, dear.
And sorrow is all too great,
To suffer our slow compassion
That tarries until too late.
And it's not the thing you do, dear,
It's the thing you leave undone,
Which gives you the bitter heartache,
At the setting of the sun.
--Adelaide Proctor

Give what you have; to someone it may be better than you dare to think. --Longfellow

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