Why draw me Mistress to despair

To melancholy madness

Why pierce my heart to live again

The pains of buried sadness

Your visions from those days long gone

(Beguiling days of youth)

They do not draw me nearer

But help me to uproot.


This came to me as I crossed the squinty bridge over the river Clyde to the Mitchell library.



Gone Fishing!

Well not exactly fishing, but I will be gone for a while. I am going over to care for my mother in Scotland. She has wi-fi now so hopefully I will be able to post a little more than I usually do while there. I would appreciate any prayers and good wishes for my travels and my time with my mother.

My first flight was cancelled this morning Grrrr! Which means I’m going to be cutting it real close to catch my next flights. Can’t afford any further delays.

Take care of yourselves, love and hugs, Elizabeth. :-)

Don’t Stress The Delays


I saw a news story this morning that made me smile and I thought I’d share it. A little boy, maybe two years old climbed out of his 3rd floor apartment window and got caught among flimsy wiring outside of the building. Meanwhile there’s a young couple fighting an uncooperative elevator and delayed for 30 minutes while trying to throw out an old box spring. They finally get the box spring out of the building just in time to see the child dangling from the wires. As they quickly positioned the bed the boy fell and landed safely. if the elevator hadn’t jammed they would never have been there to save the boy. Now, if that’s not a miracle I don’t know what is.

I think this is a wonderful reminder that there may be a very good reason we are being delayed, so don’t stress over it. You just never know if its your own life or that of another that is being saved by those precious minutes.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Some of you know that I am a Scot of Irish descent and so I thought for St. Patrick’s day I’d share my poem, The Debt Collectors with you. The character in the poem is based on the many hard-working Irish men and women who immigrated to Scotland in the 1800 and early 1900s. Some of  you have probably read it before, but for those who haven’t I hope it gives you a chuckle.



Wore out  from his labors and drowning in despair

He called a family meeting and he telt them tae prepare

The Sheriff and his officers were oan their way again

To  take the claes and furnishings till nothing would remain

Our wee bit stick o’ furniture? will be selt oot oan the street

And the shoes the welfare gave us will be snatched right aff yer feet

Yon blanket oan the recess bed they’re gonnae take an aw

Let’s grab em quick and take em up the stair tae Jessie’s Maw

But when the Sheriff gets here tae collect his pound O’ flesh

You welcome him intae the hoose and bid him take his rest

Cause he’s jist a man oot daein his job and trying tae pay the rent

He’ll unnerstaun the pennies earned ur well an truly spent

We cannae gie him tea tae drink cause the watter’s been turnt aff

But wish him well when er he leaves and try hard no tae laugh

And soon as he’s aff up the street gie Jessie’s Maw the nod

We’ll get oor stuff and raise a gless in grateful thanks tae God

For saving oor wee family and the goods we’ve hard come by

And fur blindin that poor Sheriff’s soft heart and lazy eye.




What though the blossoms fall!

The temple pine-trees softly sing

Of life beyond it all.


From Seasons of Japanese Poetry. Castle Books.

Fred’s Book of Poetry


I’ve loved Fred Beaulieu’s poetry for years. I haven’t been able to figure out if it’s the sentiments or the smooth flow of his work that draws me; or if it’s that his poems touch on every aspect of the human condition, but no matter where I read them, bus, car, plane, doc’s office, home, his poems always make me feel all snuggly like when I’m sitting by the fire engrossed in a good book.

I’m delighted to share that Fred’s first book of poetry: POEMS FROM A SECRET GARDEN has just been published (well done Fred!) and is on sale over at Amazon. And, I might add, it’s very inexpensive. 



Song For A Sunday Morning

She Waits…

Maggie smiling

Misplaced names

Un, familiar faces

Old places? New spaces?

Snowflakes flutter overhead graces

Robins come and robins go

here and there, to and fro 

And she sits…

Patiently, humbly complying

Resigned to her fate

and waits…

I was thinking about my mother and remembering how her life was just after she retired. She wasn’t one to sit around doing nothing. Every morning, she got up early, washed and dressed, walked to the shops for fresh supplies, came home and cooked breakfast for whoever was in the house.

She had a group of friends that meant she was never short of good company or places to go. And she did go. She traveled a lot in her later years. She went to Canada, America, Mexico, Spain, North Africa, Egypt, France, Ireland, England, and I’m not sure, but I think Italy too.  She had some wonderful times with those trusted friends. They’d come home and laugh so much reminiscing they’d be convulsed, with tears rolling down their faces, and breathless. It’s sad to think she is, most of the time, stuck in a chair now. All of her precious friends are gone.

I wonder, does she remember when she danced and laughed her way around the world? I hope she does. I hope, while she is sitting in her chair, that she transports herself back to those fun times and enjoys them all over again.

This was one of her favorite dances. It probably still is:


Jesus Said, “I’m Not Praying For Them.”

This post, which should have taken an hour or so at most, has taken five hours, given me a splitting headache, and even now I’m not sure I’ve got it right. So, I believe it is life-saving information for someone out there in the world-wide-web. I’m posting it trusting God I’m doing the right thing.


While praying this morning, soaring high in that lovely place between heaven and earth, I was brought to a screeching halt like a runaway train that’s suddenly had it’s brakes restored. I’d said, I pray for the world, when His Word came to my mind, and everything stopped. He said, ” I am not praying for the world…” John 17:9.  

What? You don’t want me to pray for the world! I immediately looked-up that verse and found it in the book of John.  In chapter seventeen Jesus was praying in front of His disciples, and it seemed He was talking about unbelievers. Those who do not accept Him as the Son of God and Savior of the world. It didn’t make sense to me because in chapter three of John it’s written, For God so loved the world, meaning those who have not met and or accepted Him yet; isn’t that a contradiction?

I hopped back to John seventeen and realized this (I’m not praying for the world) was said while Jesus was praying specifically for His disciples. Who are His disciples? Us, if we’ve accepted Him as Lord and Savior. So, He was praying for us. Got that, but what about those He wasn’t praying for? The world? I continued on to verse twenty and read, “My prayer is not for them alone.(us) I pray also for those who WILL believe in Me…” So, He did pray for everyone in the world who ‘will” believe, including the ones I was praying for when I was halted. 

What was the point of this little lesson from above? I believe it was simply instruction from the Holy Ghost. Instead of letting me ramble on as I saw fit or right. He stopped me by reminding me of Jesus’ words, and teaching me the truth. The Holy Spirit will do that you know. Jesus said, “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I said to you.” John 14:26

So, whenever I come to pray for the world again I know exactly who I’ll be praying for, all who will believe. 

John chapter 17

1After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.Jesus Prays for His Disciples

6“I have revealed youa to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.8For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power ofb your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe byc that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17Sanctify them byd the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26I have made youe known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Here’s Your Hat!


I’m intrigued by the eighteen-year-old who is suing her parents for financial support after she left the family home due to not wanting to do chores or tow-the-line. I think it is the ultimate arrogance for a child, sorry adult, she is eighteen, to repay her parents with such ungratefulness. There are hundreds and thousands of children around this world who barely receive a decent meal, and who go cold because they don’t have warm clothing, and who never see the inside of a schoolroom never mind a college, who would give everything they have to live in her family home for just one day. And they’d be more than happy to scrub the house from top to bottom for the privilege.

As I understand it, this young woman refused to give-up her boyfriend, wouldn’t do her chores, wouldn’t give back things she’d borrowed from her sister, and wouldn’t mind her parents. But she did still want all the luxuries her parents have given her down through the years to continue. I guess that’s why she moved in with a comparable family. I’m stunned at her arrogance.  It’s also been reported that she is an A student. How sad that she has the brain required to get her a top degree, but not the heart or the wisdom to understand how very poor she truly is.

The fact that another family aided and abetted this young woman in her foolishness only adds to the ‘what the?’ factor. What’s their excuse? He’s a lawyer and I’m guessing his wife is probably educated too. So what’s their pony doing in this race? Why would they encourage such childishness? It beats me. They can’t possibly believe that a judge is going to force their little lodger’s parents to stump-up to meet all of her demands and pay all her legal costs to sue them.

Oh, wait a minute! We are in the age of stupidity. Let’s not forget that in some parts of this world judges slap the wrists of murderers and villains then send them for therapy while jailing traffic violators and litter-bugs. Children rule the roost and discipline the parents, who are only tolerated to supply funds. And we are all entitled to the best of everything at everyone else’s expense. What have we become?

It’s my hope that this family stands before a judge with the wisdom of Solomon and the courage of the three hebrew children. And that he will set this little girl right. She is entitled to a first class education, but no one else is responsible for the costs. Millions of teenagers work hard, my son and his friends included, to put themselves through college while also keeping a roof over their head, and food in their stomach. It is not easy, and it is not cheap, but each and every one of them can be proud of that hard work and sacrifice. I think this young woman should be ordered (if she want’s the degree) to do the same.

What do you think of this issue? Should her parents be forced to pay for her expenses? Or should she be encouraged to get a job and take classes when she can? 

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