Indian story

I received this story via e-mail today. I don’t know it’s origin or even if it is a true story, but, it is a great lesson for all of us to ponder from time to time.

CHEROKEE TRADITION

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage?  His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him  alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through  it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the  night, he is a MAN. He  cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him.  Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!   Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.  We, too, are never alone. Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump  beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

Moral  of the story:  Just because you can’t see God, doesn’t mean He is not there.   ‘For we walk by faith, not by sight..’

Moon Moo and You on Blog Radio

Yeah! Launching our new BlogRadio Show – Moon, Moo and You. Kate Loving Shenck and I will be talking with our guests and sharing their wisdom and our own.  Fun, informative and uplifting conversation.               Click our picture for more information.

Moon, Moo and You

The Tate Girls on Insightful Nana Blog

What a thrill!   The Insightful Nana has featured the Tate girls on her blog! Here we are — 3 of us over 60 and having fun on the internet. My sister Ohme and I both seriously enjoying Squidoo ! What fun to share our rankings every day and comment on each other’s work! We share ideas for improvement and constantly critique each other – which has made for some pretty good lenses, I think! Stop by and see us and be sure to read the article on Insightful Nana’s blog! Thank you, Kathy! We are so honored!

Sister Betty and I have our own e-book on line. Banish the Blahs and Be Happy! is a book of ideas for beating the blues. If you have ever had a “down” day, you need to take a break and read this one! We are so excited to have our own book on line!

The Delight of a Child!

Our granddaughter, who is 6 years old and starting first grade this year, yelled for me to come to her — “Joan-Joan, come quick, come quick!” and of course I hurried to the living room!
“Look at my feet! look at my feet!”
I said, “what’s wrong with your feet?”
She said, “I can sit on the couch and they touch the floor now!”
What a thrill! Everything is an adventure!
Oh, that we would retain that enthusiasm for life! Today I choose to be more enthusiastic about every little detail of my life!

Family on the Internet – The Tate Girls

We were a family of four. Three girls and a boy. Way back then, when we were little folks, people seemed to refer to us girls as “the Tate girls”. At this time, we are all over 60! And still, I hear people say “the Tate girls”. Of course, I had to create a lens about that! Everything is a subject for a lens these days!

If you would like to see us all 3, go to The Tate Girls I think you will enjoy visiting with us!

And talking about the Tate family, remember the other week, I told you that my lens about my mom’s Congo Square Recipewon the Charity Virtual Bake sale and Lens of the day? Well that recipe came straight from our treasured family cookbook. So I created another lens about How to Make Your Family Cookbook !

It’s been a family creation weekend. Do stop by for a visit! and leave a note! I love to know you were there — like when you visit someone who is not at home — or back in the old days that’s what you did — leave a note. Thank you!

Happy Birthday, Nancy!

We just returned from a trip to my hometown for a surprise birthday party for my sister, Nancy! Who would believe that all three sisters are all now over 60? Wow! Quite a landmark event!
We were entertained in a lovely lovely home — a home I had visited often in my childhood. And oh, the memories flew! I tried to stay “in the moment” but secretly continued to reflect. Where did the time go? What have I done with my life? Have I accomplished everything I want to do? What else do I want to do in my remaining years?

A very thoughtful time — for sure!!! And yes, thankful to be around to enjoy it!

PS – have you written your personal history yet? Better get busy!! Time flies. Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans! Write your personal history!

Hooray! Lens of the Day!

I am so excited! My squidoo lens http://www.squidoo.com/congo-squares was lens of the day on Monday of this week and it also received a special Squid Angel blessing! What fun!

Congo Squares are simply a cookie that my mama used to make when we were kids. It is squishy, chewy square similar to a brownie, light-colored and filled with chocolate chips and pecans. Hmmmmmmm good! Nothing better with a glass of cold milk or a cup of coffee!

My sister, Nancy, started creating Squidoo lenses in the past couple of weeks, and one of her lenses also received a Squid Angel blessing! http://www.squidoo.com/pendleton-photos The funny thing was we both ended up featured on the Squid Angel diary of this particular angel — at the same time! We don’t even live in the same town! I wonder what the odds are for such a thing to happen!

We both feel very special this week and are so thankful for this support of our efforts!