Because I’ve heard it so often, I can rattle off the pre take-off spiel like a pro. “In the event of a decrease in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop down. Please secure your own mask first, and then aid those in need of assistance.” The FAA knows if you can’t breathe, you’ll be useless to others. If you’re fighting for oxygen, you’ll jeopardize your safety as well as the safety of those depending on you.
The story was told by actor Telly Savalas about boarding a flight to Italy prepared to relax in first class. He was approached by a man who commented, “Mr. Savalas, I’ve enjoyed your work and have looked forward to meeting you for a very long time.” Then he said, “I am your greatest fan and would love to have you to my home for dinner”.
Thank you for sending Your Son to suffer as I suffer, to face temptations as I am tempted, and to live as I ought to live. Thank you, dear Jesus for humbling Yourself and dying a criminal’s death so that I, the one who is so unworthy, may have eternal life. The gift You’ve given doesn’t compare to anything wrapped under my tree this Christmas and for that I give you my total adoration.
I am absolutely dumbfounded that in 2017, we are actually viewing photos of Africans being SOLD at a slave auction – bloodied, beaten, and bound. I am dumbfounded that in 2017, we are STILL listening to stories of sexual assault, harassment, and/or abuse of our children and youth as well as of women in the workplace. And two questions are being heralded around the globe – WHY and WHAT? Why are these evil atrocities happening and what can we do about it?
Musician Phil Spector experienced a remarkable rise and a more astonishing fall. Spector was known as a visionary, creating a sound never heard before, thus enjoying fame and exorbitant wealth. However, in an interview with Telegraph magazine (2002), he indicated, "People tell me they idolize me, want to be like me. But I tell them, 'Trust me, you don't want my life'. It hasn't been a very pleasant life. I've been a very tortured soul. I have not been at peace myself." Spector, like many of us, lost that lovin’ feelin’.
As a child, I loved Slip and Slide. That sheet of plastic, connected to a hose making it slippery, enabling me to slide away!
How easy it is to slide once you slip. Walking on the edge is a set-up for sliding into poor thinking patterns, bad habits, and sin. Eating one donut leads to twelve. Skipping exercise today results in skipping tomorrow. Once on the slippery slope, it doesn’t take much to slide your way downward.
Writing for the character, Lindsey, in Naked and Unashamed, was hard ya’ll! Why? Because I’m a Gen Xer and she’s a millennial! So to better understand, I spent lots of time with some of my favorite millennials.
“I wish my hair were longer, shorter, straighter, curlier, black, no wait, blonde !” My self-worth was tied to my hair. The world said straight was beautiful, I spent hundreds on relaxers and flat irons. Then short and cropped was in, I chopped it all off. I avoided the water like the plague cause I had no time to re-do then do after it got wet.