frans friday forum: A TIME TO CELEBRATE...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 10/25/13 07:51 AM
Yesterday our family celebrated the Confirmation of our beloved Daughter, EMILY, and our beloved Granddaughter, MADISON...!!!
For any unfamiliar with what ‘CONFIRMATION’ is, I will try to explain...
CONFIRMATION, for us is a SEALING of the Holy Spirit and the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT that we received at our BAPTISM...when we became CHRISTIANS and followers of JESUS and His Church...THE BODY OF CHRIST...
Now, I’m no theologian or public spokesman for the Church, but as a Christian I am obligated to SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS whenever and wherever I’m able...
My daughter, EMILY, in reviewing
frans friday forum: UNLESS A GRAIN FALL & DIE...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 10/18/13 09:05 AM
At morning Mass yesterday that famous passage was read: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies...It remains just a grain of wheat...
I challenge all reading this to locate that Scripture passage and read the rest of the passage that follows...
It’s not really about agriculture, it’s about Mathematics and Multiplication...
In real estate parlance it's about LEVERAGING...!!!
My kids laugh and rib me when, at a baseball game with men on 2nd and 3rd, I yell something like 1 = 2...meaning that 1 single will usually yield 2 runs...It’s more about
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...The UNION OF OUR STATE...!!!
- 10/04/13 07:15 AM
The current mess our government is in got me thinking...
It seems almost everything the FEDERAL government has its hands in is screwed up...The IRS, The Postal Service, Welfare Programs, Health Care, FNMA, Freddie Mac, FHA, and the list goes on...
In fact, one of the few things the FED seems to earn at least a passing mark on is our MILITARY...
Then I thought of the MANY LAYERS OF GOVERNMENT that currently exist...THE FED, THE STATE, THE COUNTY, THE LOCAL CITY OR TOWNSHIP, THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS, THE MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES (public sewer and water)...
frans friday forum: MY ACHIN' BACK...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 09/27/13 07:44 AM
O.K....So last week I had my 5th of 7 chemo infusions (except for the side effects of the infusions...read: poisons...I’m feeling great)...This week I celebrated my 70th birthday with a BACKACHE...
I guess I was trying to prove that 70 is a mere number, so I planted a new fig tree which my daughter Emily had won in a recent raffle...
Planting was a breeze...digging a suitable hole was another story...
Between shovels, hoes, and (very heavy) pry bars...Well...you guessed it...there went the back...
Actually the hole was easy to dig...once we removed the six or seven
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...IS OUR FOCUS HIGH ENOUGH...???
- 09/13/13 06:48 AM
In my post of last week, IS ‘TEXTING’ TALKING, one commenter mentioned the fact that he didn’t own a cell phone, let alone be engulfed in a world of tangled texting, communication, and political confusion...
Bob, the commenter, a Co-Pennsylvanian and my friend from the next County over, mentioned that he didn’t want to lose his focus on THE KINGDOM...
Since Bob made that comment I’ve had some time to reflect on THE KINGDOM...and Bob was absolutely right...
Although many of us consider ourselves blessed to be Americans, as followers of Christ, we are all merely aliens here...our
frans friday forum: IS 'TEXTING' TALKING...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 09/06/13 08:50 AM
IS 'TEXTING' TALKING... ???
I’m not going to lie to you...I’m not a big fan of some of the latest developments in cell phones, computers, Ipods, etc...especially as they relate to ‘FAMILY BUILDING’...!!!
Case in point.......My 17 year old son, Justin, is addicted to texting...even at the expense of being RUDE, he has continued to ‘TEXT’ at the most inopportune moments...
I argued with him (and lost), that ‘TEXTING’ was not the same as conversing with someone...where you have eye contact, body language, and physical closeness, all of which, experts have found, account for over 85% of effective
frans friday forum: MOVING HUMP DAY...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 08/23/13 06:10 AM
We all know that Wednesday is traditionally referred to as ‘HUMP DAY’...The day on which half of the normal work week is exceeded...!!!
BUT, for those, like me, who may be on a chemo regimen, today is ‘HUMP DAY’...
You see, today I will have concluded three of my six chemo rounds...So, for me, I am over the hump, and approaching the back stretch...Indeed, I can almost see THE FINISH LINE...
Chemo is a lot worse than WORKING...Just its side effects can wear a person out...
In fact, without God’s help and the prayers of many I
frans friday forum: ADMIRING YOUR WORK...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 08/16/13 06:56 AM
I recently had the opportunity to observe an Amish craftsman completing the roofing and 'screening in' of our rear deck...!!!
There were no wasted steps or moves...every turn was calculated and productive...yet...he never seemed to be in a hurry or rushed to finish the days work...
Elmer, took a few minute break in the morning and a ten minute lunch...
Whenever he would complete a task I would see him step back and make sure it was completed to his satisfaction...on occasion, he would redo something that didn’t meet his approval...
Elmer brought back memories of my late Father, a
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...GONE FISHIN'...!!!
- 08/02/13 06:54 AM
GONE FISHIN' :
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND...!!!
Please remember our Good God This weekend...!!!
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...FACING TEXAS...!!!
- 07/26/13 07:05 AM
My wife of over 20 years was a resident of Richardson, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas, and so when we purchased our present home in Amity Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, we made sure that the home faced the southwest...
Actually, even after that many years my wife’s heart is still in Dallas...
Her mom, her sister and family, and her brother and family all live within a few miles of one another in the flat, hot, suburbs of Dallas...
But the thrust of this post is not for me to wax nostalgic about Dallas, but to commend
frans friday forum: PC...PRAYER AND CHEMO...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 07/19/13 07:28 AM
Yesterday I started my second of six rounds of CHEMOTHERAPY...
Right now, I’m CANCER FREE, in that no tests show the presence of any cancer cells...BUT...
The CHEMO regimen is to prevent or stop any cancer which may be hiding under the radar, so to speak...
But enough of that boring technical stuff...THIS IS THE MEAT AND POTATOES...
If you haven’t learned to pray to our loving and caring GOD, this should help you get started...
A PRAYER FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS :
Dearest Lord, You have been with me many years on
frans friday forum: CONFESSIONS OF A CRAIGS LIST JUNKIE...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 07/12/13 07:14 AM
I’m a sucker for a good deal...
And so when EBAY arrived on the scene I jumped in with both feet...BUT...
For me, EBAY has lost its luster and attraction...
Dealing with some in other states and even other countries at times, and having several trysts with PAYPAL, then
having to return items that don’t hold up as advertised...
I set for myself certain ‘ground rules’ so as to avoid scammers, con artists, and spammers...
frans friday forum: PORK SANDWICHES AND HOLIDAYS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 07/05/13 04:57 AM
If you haven’t tried this Holiday treat I urge you to do so...
Go out and get yourself one of those tied pork roasts...If you have a crock pot (not crack pot) or one of those electric roasters they’re great...
Using College Inn or other suitable chicken broths as a base, now you’re ready to do some major league cooking...
I use a lot of garlic cloves, rosemary, and a couple of bay leaves, and of course appropriate salt and peppering to bring out the best flavor of the pork...
Then, depending on the size of your
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...CHEMO SUCKS...!!!
- 06/14/13 08:59 AM
I’m constantly trying to get my kids to stop using coarse language...words like SUCK, S**T, DAMN, FRIGGIN’, etc...!!!
Of course, the old man has gotten away with using such tidbits, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree...!!!
I’ve been on a cancer preventative CHEMO REGIMEN for two weeks now...
IT SUCKS is about the best way I can convey my feelings...
You start out not able to eat or drink cold stuff, then after 5 days when finally you can ‘enjoy’ a cup of cool water or ginger ale, you lose your appetite...first your
frans friday forum: PEAKS, VALLEYS, and HILLS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 06/07/13 08:07 AM
The way I see it, most of our lives are spent either CLIMBING or DESCENDING...
We all cherish those times in our lives when our engines are hitting on all cylinders...when all aspects of our lives are in tune with the universe and when we can see everything from our parapets atop the entire world...THEN...
There are those other moments when we seem to be mired in a trench so deep we may not be capable of seeing a way out...THEN...
There is the rest of our lives, about 98% I’d say, when we find ourselves in relatively normal circumstances, either
frans friday forum: ENDINGS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 05/30/13 08:41 AM
Last week my post was entitled “BEGINNINGS”, and basically I tried to emphasize how important it is to ‘BEGIN’ each of our endeavors aright...
This weeks post stresses how to ‘END’, or more precisely, how to ‘TRANSITION’ from endeavor to endeavor...
My posts usually reflect current events in my life and what I have learned from them...”The names sometimes are changed to protect the innocent”...remember that line from THE SHOW DRAGNET...???
Well, recently I have had to go through many different doors, and I have become an expert at ‘TRANSITIONING’...NOT ALWAYS TO MY LIKING...!!!
frans friday forum: BEGINNINGS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 05/24/13 04:49 AM
Each NEW YEARS EVE millions of Americans stay awake until after midnight to celebrate the end of an old year and THE BEGINNING of a new one...!!!
My wise but illiterate mentor and Grandmother used to remind all who would listen that the WAY WE LIVED THE FIRST DAY OF EACH YEAR WAS THE WAY OUR ENTIRE YEAR WOULD UNRAVEL...!!!
That same ‘GRANDMOM’ would always rise early, very early, each and every day, accomplish her various household chores (dusting, sweeping, cleaning kitchenware, putting on the coffee, and of course, quietly saying her daily prayers) long before anyone else in
frans friday forum: DAYLIGHT SHAVING TIME...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 05/17/13 05:07 AM
The days are getting noticeably longer and the ‘BEARD’ of large government is getting much too long...!!!
It’s time to SHAVE...!!!
It seems that democrat and republican alike are reluctant to decrease the size of government...
Are they trying to achieve the building of an empire...???
Well, I and many others have had enough...It seems that big government creates more problems than it solves...AND at an exorbitant expense to the taxpayers...whose ranks are decreasing as we speak...!!!
What better time than now to reform and simplify our tax code...get rid of the IRS, which, unfortunately is
frans friday forum: ARE MEN AND WOMEN EQUAL...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 05/10/13 04:16 AM
ARE MEN AND WOMEN EQUAL...???
The debate on this question has yet to be answered to the satisfaction of EVERYONE...
Yes, our Constitution says so...at least that we were created by God as equals, and as such we were given certain inalienable rights by that same God...LIFE, LIBERTY, and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS...as equals...BUT...
I asked myself recently how is it that so many of our serial murderers, rapists, terrorists, burglars, abusers, and others seem to be almost exclusively...MEN...!!!
But then I thought of ‘suicide bombers’ in the middle east...a MIXTURE of men AND women...
frans friday forum: THE CULTURE OF DEATH IS ALIVE...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 05/03/13 07:53 AM
Even though the MASS MEDIA isn’t exactly covering the GOSNELL case like professional journalists should, any searcher of TRUTH can’t help but be focused upon this great tragedy of social humanism...and right in our own neighborhoods...!!!
Actually the details of the case are so disgusting that a peace loving person is apt to shy away from following its progress on a day to day basis...
I was such a person, but out of a sense of guilt or fear of being exposed as an uncaring soul I decided to read the GRAND JURY REPORT on GOSNELL (I purposely