Archive for November, 2012

PLEASE LET YOUR COMMENTS COME…

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

For some reason I am getting so much unauthorized advertising within my webmail space that it has seemed to inhibit comments from you, my readers. I want to hear from you and not have aggressive advertisers unethically usurp the space on my webmail page for their own selfish purposes. I am reporting it to Word Press and Book Whirl, the company who designed my website. I miss reading your comments. Please continue to write anyway. Eventually, your comments will overpower the unauthorized advertisements.

This is a short post tonight. I just got home from seeing Lincoln, one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. I learned so many details about the Civil War and the events that led up to the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, which prohibited slavery, that I had to pay very close attention throughout the movie. This amendment was passed two years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and a short while before his assassination. I highly recommend seeing this movie. When you do see it, let me know what you think about it.

I will try to write a longer post tomorrow. Until then, keep well and let the comments keep coming. Soon we will no longer have all that spam and unwanted advertising.

Best wishes as always,

Cheryl

JUST A BRIEF HELLO…

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

It is Tuesday evening, and as I sit here at my computer, (which I named Mathilda in recognition of “Name Your Computer Day”), I wonder about a number of things. A dear cousin of mine died a few weeks ago, and I cannot believe that his short life was filled with so much sadness. I think of Hurricane Sandy and cannot believe that its devastation was so vast it even exceeded that of Katrina. I reflect upon the selfish people in this world who are out only for themselves and their personal success (materialistic,of course) since they don’t know much about ethics and morality or even decency. Why, when I think about the people who regularly use my webmail page as a means of freely advertising their own products, I cannot imagine how people can be so incredibly selfish and egotistical.

But it is emotionally unhealthy to reflect upon people like those of the above, so I choose to block them out of my mind and focus upon something positive. Isn’t it wonderful that we can teach our own children and grandchildren values that will ensure that they grow up to be good, kind and compassionate people? Isn’t it gratifying that our friends and family are fine people whom we can love and respect? These are the things that I care to focus upon. I believe that in the end, the good always overcomes the bad. I believe that we must leave everything in God’s Hands. Goodness prevails over evil. Life overcomes death, according to the Bible, where Jesus tells us that he is “the resurrection and the life”.

Today’s post is going to be short. I just want to look back to Prince Andrey’s reaction to his own death in War and Peace. He had been such a strange man up until this period in his life. He seemed to look down upon other people, including his wife, who later died in childbirth. Andrey never was much of a father to his little boy, who was veritably brought up by his Aunt Marie, a spiritual woman who was grateful at that point in her life to have someone to love.

Early in the Napoleonic Wars, Andrey was badly injured and almost lost his life. During that time he began to give up on life and become more an observer of life than a participant. Life would never be the same for him…even when he miraculously recovered from his injuries and started living his life again as a civilian.

Something amazing happened to Prince Andrey when one day he went to visit Count and Countess Rostov and met their lively and beautiful daughter, Natasha. To him at that period in his life, Natasha was the epitome of womanly perfection. She embodied life, love, enthusiasm, idealism, incredible youthful energy and the very essence of life itself. Natasha became everything to Andrey, and he had to have her.

Natasha, being young, impressionable and immature, made a serious error in judgment when she later became engaged to Andrey. While he was away for a long period of time during their engagement, she became involved with Anatoli, an immoral young man. They didn’t have an affair, but she did allow this young man to kiss her and even agreed to run away with him. Fortunately, those who loved her protected Natasha from herself, and she never did run away with Anatoli, but in time Andrey did find out about her relationship with this immoral young man (who might have been more amoral than immoral). In those days scandalous activities never remained concealed from the public. Andrey found out about Natasha’s disloyalty, and he again became depressed. His personality changed radically. Later, when he was injured in another battle, he resigned himself to death.

When Natasha finds out about Andrey’s condition, she decides to be there for him, along with Andrey’s sister, Marie. There is something about the way Natasha takes care of Andrey that reveals real love, contrition, and sadness, not just guilt. Tending to the health needs of a patient who has already given over himself to death has to be the most depressing period of one’s life. But it wasn’t that way with Natasha, although Andrey was sure that it was. Those months of caring for Andrey actually defined who Natasha really was. She actually loved to care for Andrey, whom, I believe, she really adored. She lost her childish immaturity and became a woman during that time in her life. Although her life would never be the same, caring for Andrey, this man who gave himself over to death before it even claimed him, was an experience that, yes, would change Natasha’s life forever, but for the good. When Andrey died, a part of her and Andrey’s sister, Marie, died with him, but she became a better person in many ways. I want to discuss the changes in Natasha’s and Maria’s lives in future posts.

It was interesting to see how, on the brink of death, Andrey did not see things as they were, but as how they appeared to him when so close to losing everything in death. He seemed to look beyond everything as he saw a peace in his imminent death.

It was quite an experience to read War and Peace. Tolstoy’s brilliance pervades history, human relationships, spirituality and the very meaning of love. You can be sure that I will be writing a great deal more about this remarkable novel that I always have wanted to read, but only was able to find the time during the last few months.

May the Thanksgiving weekend find you safe in the company of those you love. Remember: Be thankful every day. God blesses us all the time, but we have to be in the right frame of mind to see His blessings in our lives.

Best wishes and love,

Cheryl

AFTER THE STORM…

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is over, along with the unexpected snowstorm that came on its coattails. Yet, the shock of it all remains, in addition to the incredible damage in the East, especially New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Devastation like this has never occurred in New York since I was born, and that certainly was not yesterday. It makes us realize how quickly life can change in this system of things. It also makes us realize the relevance of 2 Timothy 3:1 when it speaks of “critical times” in which we live. In fact, these times could not be more critical.

One positive aftermath of all this tragedy is that people are working together through many non-profit organizations to help people in need. Not only are individuals contributing through donations, but many have the need to do something personal by getting out there and volunteering their time and energy through the love and compassion that they feel in their hearts.

I hope that those of you who were impacted by the hurricane and subsequent snowstorm are doing better now and have received the help you need in order to function now and plan for the future. With faith in God you will find that your lives will be reshaped into what you want them to be. It takes incredible faith, but I know that in this world there are all kinds of miracles.

May God bless all of you and remember the power of prayer. My prayers are with all of you. Also, remember that Thanksgiving is not for one day a year. It is for every day! Best wishes always!

A BRIEF NOTE TO MY READERS

Friday, November 9th, 2012

FIRST, I WANT TO SAY HELLO TO ALL OF YOU AND HOPE THAT MOST, IF NOT ALL OF YOU, HAVE HAD YOUR POWER RESTORED OR HAVE NEVER LOST IT AT ALL. THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE LOST POWER, IF YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET TO MY WEBSITE WITH THE HELP OF A GENERATOR, I WANT TO EXTEND MY BEST WISHES AND PRAYERS FOR RESTORATION OF YOUR POWER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND PATIENCE AND ENDURANCE UNTIL IT FINALLY HAPPENS!

Apparently, many of the companies that provide our power are overwhelmed with the demand and are not doing an adequate job. My husband and I were without power for four days, and we know firsthand how challenging it can be. To walk around in the dark with only the help of a few flashlights and a couple of lanterns is a terrible way to spend even a few days. Fortunately, we were able to go to my son and daughter-in-law’s house during the day. At night, with layers upon layers of blankets and comforters, we managed to stay warm in our own home, but it was boring and uncomfortable being in the dark. I feel really sorry for those who are still without power, and I pray that their power companies will finally restore the power to them. However, I know that all our hearts are touched by the plight of those who have lost a loved one and/or their own homes. May God give them the strength to get through this terrible period and to rebuild their homes and their lives.

The gas situation is terrible, too, and might go on for a couple of weeks. May we all find the patience, courage and strength to deal with this problem, too!

The night before last I had written the beginning of a post on my characterization of Prince Andrey from War and Peace, but I lost my power while doing the writing and clicked “Publish”. Unfortunately, I didn’t do it on time because I lost the post. Later tonight, if I have time, I will try to recreate that post, but now I have to sign off on my computer and attend to something else. I send my very best wishes to all of you.

I want to add an addendum to all those who are still using my webmail section as space for their own advertisements. I am deleting as spam any advertising by these people. It does not belong in my website, and I will keep deleting it as spam until these people realize that I am serious. My website is for those who want to read and profit from my posts. It is for those who want to communicate with me and others who are interested in my posts. It is not for unauthorized and unacceptable advertising.

To all my readers, whom I consider my friends as well, I hope to post again later this evening.

My best wishes and prayers are with you all.

Cheryl