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to the blessed virgin…

Dear One,

I find myself after each trial so thankfully talking to you. I find myself looking on my bedside table for your prayer I found in the local newspaper and covered with clear mailing tape so I could keep it there for years without fear of coffee or water or medicine stains harming it. It reads like this;

“PRAYER TO THE VIRGIN MARY (NEVER KNOWN TO FAIL)

Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. Oh star of the sea help me and show me herein you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth. I humbly beseech thee from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh show me herein you are my Mother. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee ( say three times.) Holy Mary I place this cause in your hands (three times) Thank you for your mercy to me and mine. Amen.”

This prayer must be said for 3 days and after that the request will be granted. The prayer must be published.

I found this prayer in the local paper years ago and saying it and focusing on it has given me more comfort than I can express. I pray these words all the time now for I find it gives me great comfort when I think of all the ones that have passed I can see them sitting and talking and enjoying each other just as we do here sharing stories about their Mothers and Fathers and the rest of the family just as we do here. And when some really frightening things happen here (as they always will) I go back to this to find comfort in the eternal facts that we are born and we die but the spirit goes on. The troubles that happen here just cannot stop the waves of love the patience and the faithfulness that just is the love between us all. And in the end, my Mother was right…It all will really be O.K.

I see my Nephews and Mom and Dad, my brother in law Frank and all my Aunts and Uncles sitting about talking and laughing as if they were at a party at my Grandma Spellacy’s house. A mighty party, like my parents 25th anniversary party and Mac McAndrews is sitting in the basement at that old upright piano and they are all drinking and singing. My Aunt Marge is laughing and telling another funny story to My Godmother Liz and Ryan and Johnny are swapping stories about their Mothers and Fathers and laughing so. Kelly is still little and beating the pants off of a screaming Dolly Cox in a poker game, and I can see the joy of it all. And thats part of the “succor” that this prayer offers me. A chance to see things that I know in my heart to be true but things we can’t in this world with our eyes focused on the everyday.

We forget the eternal joy. So take a moment and just pray and then just laugh and remember the funniest times with all those guys…For if your heart can imagine these things in a place called home it really is just so. Visit once in awhile by praying and finding that joyous place in your heart and mind. Tell them how you love them and miss them and tell them to have a glass for you in joy. Because that’s just what they mean to you, joy. And have a safe and blessed Christmas and a New Year with filled with great memories and terrific love for those who surround you now. Peace and love and laughter to you all.

And Thank You to Our Lady, for her prayer gives us the time to remember.

Did you know that MILK doubles your chances of BREAST CANCER ?

I’ve heard a lot about the increase of Breast Cancer in the American Public but I don’t remember ever coming across this fun fact in all my reading about the issue. I find that just amazing. You would think it would be shouted from the hills in this day and age of “Womens Health”.

Did you know that American Milk is banned in Europe and Canada? Do you know why? Because it contains a growth hormone called IGF-1 that cannot be broken down in the stomach and goes right through the lining of the intestine of the person that drinks it and into the bloodstream. It is a KNOWN factor in the increase of Breast (and Prostate) cancers in the United States. It is also a billion dollar  product for Monsanto Corporation.

Why isn’t the super huge charity “Susan G. Komen Foundation” shouting their head off about this? 

Don’t feed it to your babies and husbands and yourself! They should be right out there telling all people to spread the word and get everyone off American Milk with its legal poisons and tell them to eat more dark green vegetables for your calcium, as nature intended. People were meant to go right from breast milk to greens and other sources of calcium.

Please read this article by clicking on this link:  http://www.preventcancer.com/press/editorials/march20_94.htm

They have known this hormone causes Cancer for years and years. So what are we doing to stop the amazing increase in Breast Cancer…we are blaming it on more women getting mammograms and being identified with breast cancer. We are still drinking the milk made in America and treated with this growth hormone for cattle that increases their milk production and kills the recipient by dosing them with this very same hormone that causes breast cancers to double.

MILK : IT WILL DO A BODY TO DEATH !!

*This includes any American Cheeses too, any product made with American Milk.

It’s the small things…

Your actions in your own little life are just as important the big actions government takes when it commits murder, because the big actions that are executed by the state are composed of just a lot of little actions combined. So if you choose to act in your life with kindness and compassion the combination of all of our good works will offset and finally end the murderous works of our own government. You can take back the power by practicing the opposite of what they preach…fear. Act with love.

Just like the effect of a butterfly’s wings on Ocean currents, an act of kindness starts that ripple in the Universe. I just finished the first story in the book “The Red Pony” by John Steinbeck. I am so grateful that man lived and chose to write. In a time when my soul like all of ours is witnessing the demonization on the American Dream, watching our country’s leaders approve cold-blooded murder and torture of innocence we have to realize our responsibility in this. But I can take my tortured soul to the writings of Steinbeck and the teachings of Mother Teresa and see that it’s the little things that you do in your own life that really make an impact on this world. Those little acts of faith shown in Steinbeck’s characters or Mother Teresa ferocious implacable defense of dignity show me that it is a personal responsiblity to be kind to your neighbor. To protect the innocent and to care for the grief-stricken. To do feed the hungry and to shelter the one’s society tries to destroy these are the actions we do every day in our own lives and these all add up to making a real change in the world. It’s entirely different of the “trickle down theory”, as there is no up or down as all souls are equal, in caring for your neighbor your soul has no limitations. I think of the Germans that protected the Jews during the second world war. I think of Yad Vasham, The Hall of the Righteous. And in each era the same things happen. There are bad souls that will hurt and harm for money or power and then there are those whose only interest is in comforting other souls and making their way easier. So it’s the small things that each and every one of us do every day that truly make a difference. You may not be able to stop the President and the Congress from outright murder in our name but you CAN save your neighbors and their  families of innocent children by living your own life practicing kindness and courage and generosity to do what you can to make their way easier. Be that soul who shares the last cup of water or gives that child a sense of safety and certainty that you will be there for them always and in the end all will be well. Be active in being there caring for each other as our fearful leaders are no longer capable of thinking of anything without fainting with fear.  Those of us living on the bottom line realize that FDR really was right, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”  Just look what its done to our formerly free country.

So remember this and be not afraid, and choose to live your whole life through practice those acts of loving-kindness. Because YOU are changing the very world you live in and YOUR life will have made a difference.

It truly is that simple. It’s the small things…

Even if its only as small as writing to encourage the good you believe in, so others can witness it and practice it knowing it really is all the small things that add up and their behaviour in turn will CHANGE THE WORLD…

The 3rd Annual John Buskirk Golf Outing…for a great time in Geneva

To all my beloved family and friends, I invite you to join us at the “3rd Annual John Buskirk Golf Outing”

Where; Geneva on the Lake Municipal Golf Course

When; June 23rd at 2pm

What: 18 holes of golf with a beer/soda cart servicing the players and Hot Dogs on the turn at the 9th and a wonderful Steak dinner  waiting for you at the Pavillion on-site after. Dinner only starts at 6pm and is $20, there will be doorprizes and a great time had by all! You can send your reservations to;

John Buskirk Golf Outing , P.O. Box 348, Geneva, Ohio 44041

Proceeds will go to the “John Buskirk Scholarship Fund”, to benefit kids in the Geneva area . Thanks for supporting this continuing legacy of Johnny’s to help out kids in Education and Sports.

Thanks, and we’ll see you there!

Sheila

Eradicate the Banks…all of them…round the world.

ImageWhat if Banks did not exist. What if the illusions that they promote, the debt, the wealth, the currency that currently causes all of us poverty, hunger, neglect and avarice, all the bad things that go along with greed were illegal. What if it was only people bartering with people? What if the basis in this world that has enough to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and care for the ill just did that? There’s enough food, enough medicine, enough housing for everyone. The entire”Monetary system” world wide is based on lies and illusions.  And only when we walk away from the banks in any form, from their power over our minds about what a piece of paper is worth ( a dollar bill) or a car or a apple or a lifesaving dose of Insulin that we GIVE them the power to them to control our lives. Stop believing in them and eradicate them from being and destroying our world that God gave us complete with the ability to feed, clothe, shelter and care for the ill. Let’s save ourselves from those that would enslave us, as they have.

What if we started by having just one day where there was no action on Wall St. , Where there was no action at the ATM’s. No loans written no debts paid. No houses bought through them. What if Banks simply didn’t exist? How much better a place would this world be?

Postcards to Heaven…

I was reading about a psychic who holds events called “Postcards from Heaven”. Her name is Maureen Hancock and she’s in the Boston area and seems to be doing a world of good for those around her. But then a thought came to me, how poignant or helpful would it be to have “Postcards TO Heaven”. Because you would only have that limited space to say what your heart really needs to tell that person. I love you…I forgive you…You made such a difference in my life…Thank You…I’m so sorry…Forgive me. Those truly last most important statements that most of us never ever get a chance to say. Postcards to Heaven, you can send one a day until forever or you feel you’ve truly released that thought, wish, guilt or confirmed that love or need. I can remember watching the beginning of the movie “Love Actually” and it opens with a scene at Heathrow Airport in London busy with people saying their Hello’s and Goodbyes and the voice over speaks of all this ongoing love while saying that when the Twin Towers were hit people weren’t calling to yell about the stock market or be bothered about anything…they were calling to say they loved somebody. In those last minutes that’s what’s important. Just the facts. You made my life possible. I love you. I’m sorry. Thank you. Forgive me. I’ll always love you.

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So just start with those Postcards to Heaven to finish all those ends that weren’t allowed by time or distance or anger or whatever that changed the way it should have been allowed to happen. Say what you need to say and post it. Let it go. No addresses either to or from, just send it out there into the universe with the complete understanding that who ever that card was intended for will receive it. And let it go and move on and love and laugh and forgive and be kind all over again. You can do it right this time.

Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia Commons and Photographer Technical Sergeant Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr. USAF a brilliant photographer.

Things that make me smile…

I went looking for a few things to make me smile and found these…

Acts of lovingkindness (for yourself!)

I really believe in the consistent motion of trying to do the right thing. Believe and act with the intent  that you make a difference and you will make a difference. I think that if every day you do 1 thing or 2 things or 6 things or 9 things that are positive,  that day stretches out into infinity and affects 1 thing or 2 things or 6 things or 9 things. And it makes a positive WAVE that helps everything.

 The same thing is true of bad or miserable thoughts bought on by your own constant worries or inspired by  TV shows that foster greed (Kardshians) and contempt ( Housewives) and voyeurism ( Teen Mom). These horrible things have the constant and negative wave effect also on your mind soul and  life, your feelings and your future. Not to mention your family and friends whose lives immediately surround you.

 

So stay on the right track, the one that makes you feel good. Get away from all the endless thoughts of not having or being enough and realize just what wonders you do possess. Your amazing self. 

( this is my Aunt Peg…the Honorable Margaret J. Spellacy, Juvenile Court Judge, who had such a great smile and truly believed that in a Man’s world of 1958 she was the best candidate running and she was right. Just look at that smile, says it all. )

Be aware of the beauty and joy about YOU. The humor to enjoy them both and to look upon our human condition with a kind and loving eye. Being able to laugh at the idiocy of it all sometimes and see the similarities rich or poor that these emotions keep us in. Turn off those worrisome thoughts , just pay the bills as you can and keep going. Put on some great music and dance or sing let your soul have as much joy as worry…what the hell give it a lot more joy than worry and see what the steady diet of joy will do for a heart! Give it a try, what have you got to lose? Feeling miserable? Sacrifice it for lent! Feel good the way God intended when she went to the trouble of creating you out of star stuff, she certainly did not go through shaping you down to your fingerprints so you could worry about the light bill. Get on with your life, get on with joy, with intent to love who you are, where you are, and just who you are with and do that NOW.     

Tell the people around you that you love them, you’ll feel better immediately and so will they.

It’s an important thing to like what you do, like where you are. Because it makes your soul happy. It really is the best thing for the entire world for you to be happy.  I was thinking about this because an idea came to me that wasn’t a good one and I thought, “Why are you thinking like this?” and then I realized that I wasn’t thinking positive. So I stopped and tried to think of the good parts of the idea that had come to me. Then I realized that the very motion of looking for the good in the idea was like looking at it through the sunlight of being positive. It made it better, easier and I think that’s the way you need to do things. It’s just like a eulogy I heard once about how each life is like a stained glass window with its darks and its lights.

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You just need to look through the good colors the light ones and not the dark ones. It all depends on you and your choices on a daily basis to literally look for the light in the thoughts you’re having or the incidents in the world surrounding you.  Remember when you were little and sitting there in church (your heart, your soul) you could see the sunlight streaming through the windows casting blues and yellows and reds and greens everywhere beautiful colors. Choose the ones ( the thoughts) you love and stay in the colors the thoughts the motions that lend light and laughter and love to your life. Your choice here is the most important part of your life, for in it you and you alone decide to stay happy , exercise your free will and stay positive and calm and at peace with this would and yourself.

And I think about my Dad, he was like that. He was always picking out the light colors, the good or the funny things in people. He was forever telling wonderful stories, parables really, about the people he met in his life, the characters or situations in the life of a Police Officer the things that made him laugh, or the simple things that led to profound knowledge of the human condition. Lighthearted, he was, I think that’s what you have to do, you have to pick out those things that make you lighthearted.

And it doesn’t hurt to always, always, always be helping the next guy. Because that can make you lighthearted too. It keeps your sense of humor. Because that’s what it is to be human. A sense of humor. 

And be good to yourself first, for it needs you more than you’ll ever realize, we all do. So take good care of yourself and then you can really help the next soul. You can do it, remember, you are created out of the same star stuff as Will Rogers, Shakespeare, Mother Teresa and the rest of those guardian angels, YOUR bones are knit of the very same star-dust as theirs. Sparkle, you natural wonder!

Many Thanks to Wikipedia Commons for some terrific photographs and illustrations explaining my thoughts, what a great free source of illustrations and photo for any idea you might have. If you can think it Wikipedia Commons can picture it. Thanks

Keep your eyes on the prize…

And be truly thankful for blessings already received. There once was a man named W. Clement Stone who in my travels around the world of positive thinking I have run into again and again. So I looked that soul up and sure enough he had some pretty neat things to say like…

“Aim for the moon. If you miss you may hit a star.”

“All I want to do is change the world.”

“All personal achievement starts in the mind of the individual. Your personal achievement starts in your mind. the first step is to know exactly what your problem , goal or desire is.”

“Big doors swing on small hinges.”

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point  of all achievement.”

“Everyone who achieves success in a great venture, solves each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves. And they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They keep going regardless of the obstacles they met.”

** I have a friend who was struggling at the very end of their Masters Degree, first the college decided to end the program they were in and tried to get all the students ( there were under 10 at the time) to change their quest to a different program and degree, one that was much larger and would conform to what the school generally taught. So here were these 8 young souls told at the very end of their quest that the rules were being changed and they must go along with it. But this strong soul held on to the fact that  a deal was a deal. And they pursued their goal with unwavering conviction. They spoke to the Dean, they presented their complaints and arguments to entire committees composed of the faculty and in the end, they were given permission to finish and achieve the degree they set out for. So it looked as if all was on track and when the financial hardship appeared. They would not graduate without thousands of dollars being paid on their account. Student loans had run out and  God knew where the funds would be found. But the goal remained the same and the prayers and the work continued when suddenly there appeared literally someone doing the work of one of God’s Angel’s in the guise of a Teacher, a Professor who is a tiny little woman with an immense soul who fought and searched and found $20,000.00 in a miracle grant that would allow this souls dreams to come true.

Another time, I had been working and saving and with the support and help of my Sisters and Dad I had finally  straightened out my Credit rating enough to purchase a home ( I was living with my twins in my Fathers house and my sister Mary was helping by taking over the responsibility of paying my bills in a timely fashion. I simply deposited each and every paycheck with her and she took care of all the financial monsters that had held me in thrall for years. I even had new clothes for the first time in years. But I simply didn’t make enough money to get a down-payment together. Then the miracle occurred. I was sitting in my car reading by the side of the road, legally parked when a little old lady drove into the back of my car and totaled it. She was alright, just a little rattled and her big old car had very little damage but my car was destroyed. I remember looking up from reading my book and checking on my twins playing in the adjacent playground and checking the rear view mirror and realizing that the big car approaching me wouldn’t have time to stop at the speed they were going. And I didn’t have time to exit the car. So I simply laid down across the front seats and prayed for the best.

After the impact I was able to straighten up and look in the rearview mirror and I could see the horror on the little old lady’s face. So I pushed and pushed and finally got my car door open and went back and asked if she was ok, and then when she realized I was alive and ok too, she burst into tears of thankfulness. I realized I had to keep her calm. And I did and in the end we were both ok and her insurance company paid for my back and neck injuries and totaled car and I was able to use that money as a down payment on my own home for myself and my kids.

 Only because my sister Mary had put me in to a place of financial steadiness, my father had housed me and mine and my sister Peg had taken care of my children while I worked a 3-11 shift.

So miracles can happen everyday. They might not be exactly what you expect, but believe and focus and as they say,

“Just believe and work towards your goal and the Universe will correspond to the Nature of your song.”

I just love that.

 

*** for more about “How to know the luckiest day of your life” type in Dawson Kelly in the search field.

My thanks to Wikipedia Commons for the images.

I like to see her everywhere I look…

Yes, that little statue is of Mary and the baby Jesus. I just like to see her everywhere I look. I obviously hang out at the spice rack daily, and seeing that dear little face reminds me that she went through all the same challenges and more and she understands what we all go through. Gives a girl a little courage you know? I found her with her little legs dangling off the side of a shelf at the local Goodwill and at first I was upset that she would be portrayed so simply then I realized perhaps that just the way she would like to be seen, like you and me and that the work that we all do everyday is the same as she did and perhaps she would enjoy hanging about my house. I’m sure she does, especially in the kitchen that’s where we all sit and tell stories and share our meals. Such good times…