frans friday forum: DISCOVERING BEAUTY...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 10/23/15 12:35 AM
I know very little about GENETICS, ART, MUSIC, and IMAGINATION...These seem to be LEFT BRAIN QUALITIES...AND THE ONLY THING I DO ‘LEFT’ HANDED IS BAT AND GOLF...!!!
 
If I try to ‘FORCE’ my imagination to work, it’s like starting an old pull rope lawn mower...It never starts on the FIRST PULL, and rarely even on the 2nd or 3rd...BUT...
 
IF I WORK AT IT HARD ENOUGH, sometimes in ‘FEAR & TREMBLING’, I seem to get a lot out of it...AND LEARN A LOT...
 
I think what it comes down to is GAINING AN APPRECIATION FOR BEAUTY AND BEAUTIFUL THINGS...!!!
 
NOW...I’m not talking about ‘BEAUTY’ as … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: A VINTAGE BLESSING FOR JOSH ET AL...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 10/16/15 01:11 AM
Tomorrow, my son Joshua turns 21...One of those ‘SPECIAL’ birthdays...AND SO...
 
Thinking of ways to commemorate this event...
 
My wife and I considered many possibilities from simply presenting him with a modest monetary gift to having a full blown ‘FAMILY REGALIA’...
 
JOSH, however, is not a SPLASHY kind of guy...a mechanic in training...who is not fond of public displays and shy by nature...AND SO...
 
My wife will graciously provide the customary ‘BIRTHDAY CAKE’ of HIS choice combined with a ‘FAMILY DINNER’ also of HIS liking...
 
Since Josh never reads my blog, at least I don’t think he does, I can share with all who read this … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: INTERSECTIONS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 10/08/15 11:57 PM
I don’t believe in COINCIDENCES...They occur too often to be ACCIDENTAL...INDEED...Sometimes ‘COINCIDENCES’ DEFY ALL ODDS...I believe that COINCIDENCES ARE ‘GOD’S INTERSECTIONS’...!!!
 
LIFE IS A JOURNEY...HOPEFULLY A JOYFUL AND FULFILLING ONE...!!!
 
When on a trip, every intersection is an opportunity to REEVALUATE our BEARINGS, and make necessary corrections...Do we not recall that ‘GPS LADY’ who reminds us when we make a choice other than the one plotted for us, “RECALCULATING”...
 
The nice thing about GPS is that no matter what decision we make...IT CAN USUALLY SET US BACK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION...EVENTUALLY...
 
COINCIDENCES ARE SOMEWHAT SIMILAR...They often remind us that SOMEONE BESIDES US IS IN CHARGE...IN … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: LIFE: A FAITH WALK...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 10/01/15 11:55 PM

Over the lintel of OUR FAMILY ROOM DOOR to our screened-in three season room is a LONG NARROW PLAQUE that reads: WE WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT...
THAT SCRIPTURE PASSAGE FROM 2 CORINTHIANS 5:7 is sandwiched by the preceding verse which reads: SO WE ARE ALWAYS OF GOOD COURAGE...AND the passage immediately following which reads: WE ARE OF GOOD COURAGE...
THESE PASSAGES are to remind us that WE ARE NOT YET WITH THE LORD but we need to maintain our FOCUS ON HIM while we continue our journey here on Earth...SOMETIMES THIS IS NOT EASY...
NEVERTHELESS...This is what we are called … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: POPE'S HOMERUN TO CONGRESS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 09/24/15 11:35 PM
Without getting too political, but attempting to sum up POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE BEFORE CONGRESS YESTERDAY, a clear HOMERUN WAS HIT...
DRAWING UPON THE LIVES OF FOUR AMERICANS OF FAITH...ABRAHAM LINCOLN, MARTIN LUTHER KING, DOROTHY DAY, and THOMAS MERTON, the POPE CLEVERLY CRAFTED HIS MESSAGE WHILE WEAVING ONE SEAMLESS CLOTH OF THE TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST THROUGHOUT HIS SPEECH...
After HITTING A FEW SINGLES to APPEASE THOSE WHO WERE THERE FOR PURELY POLITICAL PURPOSES...i.e., ‘CARE FOR NATURE’ for ‘climate changers’...’TOLERANCE  FOR IMMIGRANTS’ for ‘amnesty obsessors’...’COMMON GOOD’ for ‘socialism advocates’...
BUT THE REAL HOMERUN WAS HIT when HE, REACHING FIRST BASE, ADVOCATED TO PROTECT ALL HUMAN … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: OUT OF THIS WORLD...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 09/17/15 11:59 PM
There are BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS of Galaxies, BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS OF STARS...Each star is a sun...AND SO...
IT IS NOT INCONCEIVABLE that somewhere out there, there could be AN EARTHLIKE PLANET, indeed, many earthlike planets, much like ours, and possibly contain even LIFE LIKE OURS...!!!
Those of us WHO BELIEVE IN GOD see ALL this CREATION AS GOD’S HANDIWORK...!!!
Somewhere in Scripture it is written, “...ARE MY ARMS TOO SHORT TO SAVE...?”
GOD IS A 'BIG' GOD...!!!
MY GOD could have created THE EARTH IN A BREATH...If, in fact, it took 6 days or six thousand years or 14 billion years, it is because of HIS … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...THE WAY...!!! - 09/11/15 01:25 AM
The early days of my life I shied away from, if not extremely disliked, READING...LATER...
Approaching middle age, I softened a bit and got my toes wet in READING...Of course, READING IS CONTAGIOUS...The more you read, the better you get, and the more addicted you become...
In the final analysis, READING is the tip of the iceberg in a LIFE OF LEARNING...!!!
WELL, now that you’ve beared with me through that tirade, I’ll get to the point...
I have arrived at a point where my READING consists of several books at a time...MOSTLY SPIRITUAL, but hardly ever FICTION, and nearly always something EDUCATIONAL OR LIFE … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: IS WORK PRAYER...Fran's Friday Forum...??? - 09/03/15 11:05 PM
You've probably heard the old adage: PRAYER WORKS...!!!
 
Well, I got to thinking, CAN THE ADVERSE BE TRUE...IS WORK, PRAYER...
 
And especially on this LABOR DAY WEEKEND...Wouldn’t it be great if WORK WERE PRAYER...
 
Scripture encourages us to PRAY WITHOUT CEASING...I often wondered how we can accomplish that...BUT...
 
Perhaps it IS POSSIBLE, that, If we put GOD FIRST IN OUR LIVES, and to the extent that our PRIORITIES ARE IN RIGHT ORDER, OUR VERY LIVES BECOME A PRAYER...!!!
 
THAT THOUGHT IS EXCITING, because if PRAYER IS CONVERSING and/or COMMUNICATING WITH GOD, then, UNLIKE OUR CELL PHONES...WE ARE HARDWIRED INTO HIM, AND NEVER DROP A CALL...!!!
 
Every WORK, … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...TIME TO BLOW THE TRUMPet...??? - 08/27/15 01:17 AM
I don’t know about you, but these days I’m starting to PAY ATTENTION to DONALD TRUMP...
 
Truthfully, he hasn’t been one of my favorite candidates for President in 2016, but I’m slowly warming up to him...HE DESERVES TO BE HEARD...!!!
 
Again...I don’t agree with some of his opinions...but HE BEATS THE ALTERNATIVES SO FAR...HANDS DOWN...!!!
 
Many of the politicians...both Democrat and Republican...who seem to have FLOATED TO THE TOP in National politics in the last decade have sold us short in my opinion...SO...
 
Perhaps what we need FOR THE GOOD OF OUR COUNTRY and THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN is a NON-ESTABLISHMENT TYPE … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: BOOKS OF SUMMER...Fran’s Friday Forum...!!! - 08/20/15 11:50 PM
If you’re anything like me you have used ‘SUMMERS’ to get caught up on your book reading...
 
What can be more relaxing than propping up on a beach chair, on a 90+ degree day, under a cool umbrella, reading an interesting book while soaking in the refreshing salt air of THE ATLANTIC OCEAN...OR...
 
Settled in on your favorite recliner on a sweltering hot summer day in the quiet of your own home in the pleasant and cooling effects of AIR CONDITIONING OR SWAMP COOLING, a refreshing lemonade with plenty of ice at your side, and a really good BOOK MARKER...
 
Here are three of … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: BLUNTLY DISMISSING DEMOCRATS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 08/13/15 11:31 PM
I really was unmotivated to write this week, BUT...I just HAD to get these thoughts off my chest...!!!
 
Basically, as I see it, there are three possible DEMOCRATS seeking the Presidency...
 
HILLARY CLINTON: I could never vote for anyone this LEFT who is PRO ABORTION, and particularly one whose ‘hero’ is MARGARET SANGER, perhaps the most openly bigoted and racist person in America and the founder of PLANNED PARENTHOOD...!!!
 
BERNIE SANDERS: Says he’s an INDEPENDENT, but his voting record basically says he’s a SOCIALIST COMMUNIST...!!!
 
ELIZABETH WARREN: Smooth talking PRO ABORTION newcomer, and talks as if WOMEN ARE BETTER THAN MEN...I believe we are ALL … (9 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...START PRAYING NOW...!!! - 08/07/15 12:02 AM
Last Night I watched most of the two Republican debates on Fox TV...I must say...Some of the candidates came across much better than I had anticipated...
 
You know...there really are no winners and losers in these events...We need to remain open minded until we hear much more and are able to discern with much prayer...JUST THE RIGHT CANDIDATE...for example...
 
I was very unimpressed with Governor Perry of Texas...He spoke terribly, used horrible grammar, seemed to have difficulty clearly making his points, but then I remember RONALD REAGAN, who at times stuttered and stammered, but, in my opinion, was the best President in my … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: LEAD, KINDLY LIGHT...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 07/31/15 12:25 AM
The space of this blog post does not allow me to detail the events that have transpired in our family these last few days...
 
Suffice it to say that it could just have easily ended in tragedy, but for the grace of God and His Divine Providence...!!!
 
Every family has its ups and downs...indeed, every family is somewhat ‘DYSFUNCTIONAL’...
 
This is not the space or place to delve into psychological health...BUT...
 
What I would like to share with you may best be expressed by a quotation from an old book I’m reading written by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman entitled “Lead, Kindly Light” :
 
‘...Let us … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: S A J W...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 07/23/15 10:54 PM
I’m sure most are familiar with the W W J D...What Would Jesus Do...abbreviation made popular in the 1990’s...
 
WELL...I got to thinking yesterday that if we’re really serious about FOLLOWING JESUS and PROCLAIMING HIS GOOD NEWS...THEN...
 
Those of us who use phones a lot need to SPEAK AS JESUS WOULD...S A J W...when either sending or receiving a call...BTW, this goes for EMAILING AND TEXTING also...BECAUSE...
 
As ST. FRANCIS PUT IT, “GO OUT TO ALL THE WORLD AND SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS TO ALL YOU MEET...AND...USE WORDS IF YOU MUST”...!!!
 
When Our Lord gave the SERMON ON THE MOUNT the nucleus of His message … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: I DON'T ALWAYS FEEL LIKE PRAYING...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 07/17/15 12:38 AM
Last week’s post, “I DON’T ALWAYS GET WHAT I WANT”, prompted me to write this.......
 
I DON’T ALWAYS FEEL LIKE PRAYING...
 
NOW, the simple definition of ‘PRAYER’ is: CONVERSATION WITH GOD...The definition we learned in grade school was: PRAYER IS THE LIFTING UP OF THE MIND AND HEART TO GOD...and a good friend of mine who passed away recently would always add: AT THE INVITATION OF GOD...
 
SO, like a Good Father, it is always GOD WHO REACHES OUT TO US, not the other way around...YET...
 
EVEN SO...there are those times when I know God wishes to ‘CONTACT ME’ but my heart and/or mind just … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: I DON'T ALWAYS GET WHAT I WANT...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 07/09/15 11:05 PM
Last week’s post was about ABSOLUTE TRUTH vs RELATIVISM...The nice thing about espousing ABSOLUTE TRUTH over RELATIVISM is that with ABSOLUTE TRUTH YOU GET BOTH/AND rather than just EITHER/OR...
 
Let me explain...
 
COLLIN RAYE, a great Christian Witness but perhaps not so well known COUNTRY & WESTERN singer, says it best in his song ‘WHAT I NEED’...
 
The actual line says, “...I DON’T ALWAYS GET WHAT I WANT, I GET WHAT I NEED”...And further in the song another great line: "HE WAS ALWAYS THERE"...!!!
 
AND... that is precisely the point...GOD HEARS EVERY PRAYER...AND EVEN INVITES US TO SHARE OUR HEART WITH HIM...
 
BUT IN HIS ABSOLUTE … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: RELATIVISM ABSOLUTELY FALLS...Fran’s Friday Forum...!!! - 07/02/15 12:11 AM
RELATIVISM ABSOLUTELY FALLS...Fran’s Friday Forum...!!!
 
The Confederate Flag Issue, Slavery, Gay Marriage, Abortion On Demand, etc., are ALL PARTS OF THE SAME UGLY TREE...!!!
 
RELATIVISM IS THE CULPRIT...!!!
 
RELATIVISM: the belief that different things are true, right, etc., for different people or at different times...MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY...
Any theory holding that truth or moral or aesthetic value, etc, is not universal or absolute but may differ between individuals or cultures...BRITISH DICTIONARY
 
SIMPLY PUT: What’s right for you may not be right for me...OR...There is no such thing as ABSOLUTE TRUTH...
 
THOSE CONCEPTS ARE RUINING OUR COUNTRY AND OUR SOCIETY...!!!
 
Over the years I’ve read and studied this at great … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...DEMS WERE RIGHT...??? - 06/25/15 11:35 PM
The CIVIL WAR was NOT JUST about SLAVERY...
It was about many things, but probably the MOST SIGNIFICANT POLITICAL issue was STATES RIGHTS vs FEDERAL INTERVENTION...(a serious discussion would involve a careful reading of THE 10th Amendment)...BROTHER FIGHTING AGAINST BROTHER and FATHERS AGAINST THEIR SONS demands a very serious and thorough examination...
 
Abraham Lincoln was a REPUBLICAN, and the controlling party of the ‘SOUTH’ was decidedly DEMOCRATIC at the time of THE CIVIL WAR...!!!
 
THE CONFEDERATE FLAG was for most in the South a symbol of STATES RIGHTS over FEDERAL INTRUSION...!!!
 
That debate continues to this very day...over 150 years after the CIVIL WAR...AND...Getting rid … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: NO IT ALL...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 06/19/15 12:04 AM
One of THE WISEST people I’ve known in my life was MY GRANDMOTHER...She never learned English, never went to school, of course, couldn’t read or write, never held a job outside the home...YET...
 
When it came to getting help with a seemingly insurmountable problem...
 
MY GRANDMOTHER was ‘MY GO TO GUYGAL’...!!!
 
MY GRANDMOTHER had a great relationship with her maker...As evidenced by her very consistent and regular PRAYER LIFE...She spent her quiet time every day with THE LORD...
 
She always wore an apron over her regular clothing, and in one of its two sizeable pockets were HER ROSARY, and in the other were ‘JORDAN ALMONDS’ … (1 comments)

frans friday forum: SOME PROS & CONS WITH TILA-RESPA...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 06/11/15 11:06 PM
BY NOW, ALL OF US in the REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY should be heavily embroiled in the proposed changes in ‘SETTLEMENT’ (CONSUMMATION) practices...which are intended to go into effect AUGUST 1, 2015...
 
Rather than attempt to discuss a matter as serious as the many changes to be brought about as the result of the new TILA-RESPA (Truth In Lending Act-Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act)and the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) in a BLOG POST, I offer only a few considerations for you to ponder...
 
First of all...It is not the upper echelon ‘PROS’ in the real estate industry that make the REAL ESTATE WORLD … (4 comments)

 
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