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Monday, April 30, 2012

50 Year 'Celebrants' Gather in Bishopville

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Scene at Cotton Museum in Bishopville, SC April 2012
Please Forgive the Technical Difficulties ... working to repair problem! 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Death Valley ranked #1 College Football Stadium - - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor: Another Number One for THE university of South Carolina, Clemson's Memorial Stadium in Death Valley - Home of "The most exciting 25 seconds in College Football"

Death Valley ranked #1 College Football Stadium - - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Clemson, SC (WIS) - South Carolina is home to the best stadium in college football.  That stadium happens to be in Clemson, where the Tigers play."

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Silent Sermon

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, suddenly stopped coming to church.  After a few weeks, the Pastor decided to visit.
The Pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.  Guessing the reason for his Pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.  The pastor made himself at home but said nothing.  In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs.  After some minutes, the Pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone.
Then he sat back in his chair, still silent.  The host watched all this in quiet contemplation.  As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more.  Soon it was cold and lifeless.  The Pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave.  He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire.  Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the Pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon.  I shall be back in church next Sunday.”
We live in a world today which tries to say too much with too little.  Consequently, few listen.  Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.  What silent message would God have you share with someone today?
“Even so, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” — Matthew 5:16

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Personal Medicaid Records of 228,435 Beneficiaries Compromised = Is Yours Among Them

DHHS: Employee stole personal information of 228,435 SC Medicaid - - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - During an agency performance review, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) discovered last week that an employee working within the Medicaid program inappropriately transferred personal information of 228,435 Medicaid beneficiaries to his personal email account, constituting a violation of agency policy." 'via Blog this'

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pot Crack

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'
The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'

'That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.'

For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.'

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.  

You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

The Crabby Old Man in the Nursing Home

What do you see nurses? . . .. . . What do you see?
What are you thinking . . . . . when you're looking at me?
A crabby old man .. . . . . not very wise,
Uncertain of habit . . . . . with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food . . . . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . . . . . 'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice .. . . . . the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not . . . . . lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . . . The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking? . . . . . Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . . you're not looking at me.

I'll tell you who I am. . . . . . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, . . . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . . . . .. with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters . . . . . who love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen . . . . with wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now . . . . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . . . my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows . .. . . . that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now . . .. . . I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . . . . With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons . . .. . . have grown and are gone,
But my woman's beside me . . . . .. to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, . . . . . babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . . My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me . . . . . my wife is now dead.
I look at the future . . . . . shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing . . . . . young of their own.
And I think of the years .. . . . . and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old man . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles . . . . . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . . where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass . . . . . a young guy still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys . . . . . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . life over again.

I think of the years, all too few . . . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people . . . . . open and see.
Not a crabby old man . . . . Look closer . .. . see ME!!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Hot Jessica Dorrell On Back Of Employer Bobby Petrino's Motorcycle During Accident

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Hot Jessica Dorrell On Back Of Employer Bobby Petrino's Motorcycle During Accident: "Jessica Dorrell, an assistant with the University of Arkansas’ Athletic Foundation since 2009, toiled in relative obscurity, preparing for for her first marriage and to Arkansas Swimming and Diving Operations Director Mr. Josh Morgan on June 9, 2012 – until today, and after a weekend motorcycle ride with her new boss, Razorback’s Head Coach Bobby Petrino that ended in a crash which left him hospitalized."

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Wisconsin woman, 80, showed no fear in landing plane for dying husband | Detroit Free Press |

Wisconsin woman, 80, showed no fear in landing plane for dying husband | Detroit Free Press | "STURGEON BAY, Wis. -- An 80-year-old woman who landed a twin engine plane after her pilot husband lost consciousness performed well under pressure, said the pilots who helped her." 'via Blog this'

Monday, April 02, 2012

2.3 Million Smells Pretty Good to 6 Lee County Residents

Landfill ordered to pay residents after stench complaints : News : "COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A federal jury has ordered the owner of a Lee County landfill to pay $2.3 million to six residents who say their lives have been made miserable by the stench from the 140-foot tall piles of trash." 'via Blog this'

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