Sunday, August 11, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

Taking It Personally

      John was in bed.  He didn't want to get up that Sunday morning.  Trying to awaken him, his mother poked her head in his bedroom and said, "Johnny, you need to get up, it's time to get ready for church."

      The son, in a foul mood, was not interested in attending. "I don't want to go to church; the people there are mean to me, they're not nice to me, and they make me feel bad, when I'm there."

     "But son," his mom persisted, "you know it's good for you. You really should go."

      Johnny blurted out, "Tell me one good reason why I should show up??!"

       His mother answered, "Your the pastor."

To read the post that goes along with this Easter Egg, click here

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Meeting a New Friend, She Was Completely Undressed At the Time, Revisited. 7/16/13

Try to bear patiently with the defects and infirmities
of others, whatever they may be, because you also
have many a fault which others must endure. 
 Thomas à Kempis,  (Photographer's caption)
      Hello, how is everyone?

I just got in from a  trip to Oakland where I met with others regarding business and finances. Afterwards, a friend, prepared an unexpected meal. We had a nice time, fulfilling in more ways than one.

      Little did I know that I was about to meet a new friend. Usually, hairy females I'm not drawn to.  With this new friend I was.  And how.  In this case there were reasons that drew attention.

Unclear On the Concept, Part II

     A fellow, a nebbish, shows up at the door where a festivity was occurring.  Hanging from his clothes and from his neck are pots and pans. 

     The bewildered person answering the door asks, "What is with your getup?"

     "Isn't this a pot party?" he inquired.

To read the entry that goes with this joke, please click here

Monday, July 15, 2013

Confused On the Concept

Why did the jump in the vat of soup?

 He wanted to be a Souper Man

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Using His Head

       Two guys traveling in the Sonora desert of Arizona come upon a grizzled mountain man, his ear to the ground. He says, "A while Volvo station wagon, husband and wife, along with three kids. The wife is driving....."

         Marveling at his abilities, they ask, "You can tell all that by placing your head to the ground??"

         "No," the mountaineer replies, "the rode over my ear!!"

 Hi there.  This is an Easter Egg. I'm using this blog as the nest for them. To read the post related with this egg, click here.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Encountering A Talented Man

     A fellow riding a bus sees a man sitting on the day's newspaper. He inquires: "Are you reading the paper?

     The fellow replies, "As a matter of fact, I am." Whereupon he gets up, turns the page and sits down on it, again.

     Talk about being a smart....

To read the post that goes with this Easter Egg, click here

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Question

For the Mathematically Minded

     If a ham sandwich is better than nothing, and nothing is better than life itself, does that mean that a ham sandwich is better than life itself?

      I'm using this blog for humorous Easter Eggs for my inn. If you want to read my posts, you can find them here.

Friday, June 28, 2013

On Top of Our Circumstances, Not Under

  One fellow sees a friend at the store.

 He greets him with, "How are you?"
The other fellow replies, "I'm okay, under the circumstances."
The first fellow asks, "What are you doing there?"

     Life is great, when we are on top of our circumstances. Replacing ineffective habits and behavior with new and better alternatives is the answer. (One Day At a Time, p. 280) We can't do this alone.  We don't have the emotional, spiritual and psychological distance to be honest about ourselves. It's terribly easy making rationalizations without even thinking about it.

    That's our nature.

    This is where the value of connecting with mature, emotionally healthy, discerning people is a real help. I like what Drs. Cloud and Townsend say in Safe People:
Welcome your needs. Make friends with them. They are God's way of freeing us from the sin of self-sufficiency. 
May you have a great and grateful day, is my prayer.  Such days are ours when we relate with Balcony People, bonding with them and applying principles on the cellular level, not just in our head.

    Healthy connections will never happen with cyber friends. They offer a psuedo sense of intimacy but it's artificial. My encouragement is for you to attend an Al-Anon Family Group meeting. You'll be glad you did.

You can find the posting I wrote related to this Easter Egg, here

Seating Soteriology

      I was at a wedding reception a while back, in the fellowship hall of the church where it happened.  It was packed.  I looked for a seat, none were available except for one near an attractive woman.

      I asked, "Is the chair next to you a Christian chair?
     She said, "I don't know what you mean?"
     "Is it saved?"
     "No, it's a pagan chair, it's not saved, you can have it," she replied with a smile.

      We had a great conversation after that.

 To read the post that goes with this Easter Egg, click here

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Me and Plants.

     When I visited Yosemite a couple of weeks ago, my companion asked me if I knew what dogwood looked like, because we were passing it.

     I told her I wouldn't recognize it if it bit me.
I'm using this blog for humorous Easter Eggs for my inn.  If you want to read my posts, you can find me here.

Here's the post that goes with this. If you are too attentive, you'll be trapped within an eternal circle. Be careful.

The Harbor Bay lagoons of Alameda
  How is everyone?

It was great hearing from several readers in the previous posting. Thank you.  This week has been busy, eventful, challenging, but

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Value of Red Tennis Shoes

         Do you know why elephants wear red tennis shoes when they spend time in a strawberry patch?

         To hide from being seen.

         Have you ever seen an elephant in a strawberry patch?

         Those red tennis shoes work pretty well, don't they?

I'll be using this blog for humorous Easter Eggs.  If you want to read my posts, you can find me here

Friday, June 14, 2013

Making An Impact

If we both fell out of a tall building at the same time, who would hit the ground first?

 Yep, you.

I'd be writing notes on the building, all the way down.


To read my blog posts you'll want to go to this address.  I look forward to seeing you there. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Humor Recharges Too

I was so ugly as a baby that when I was born, instead of slapping me, the doctor slapped my mother. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Why Dracula Visited Hollywood

I'm now using this address only for humorous Easter Eggs for the Attitude of Gratitude Inn.  If you want to catch up on my musings, you can find them here.

Do you know why Dracula moved to Hollywood?

He went for the bit parts. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Speaking of Backs

         Two guys were soused and walking along a railroad track.  One guy says to the other, as they staggered along, "These are the longest stairs I've ever taken!"

          The other fellow replies, "I don't know about these stairs, but this handrail is killing my back."  

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What's Communicated Is Not Necessarily What's Understood

Surprise.  I'm doing something new. It fun having fun.  I'm using this former address of mine (I transferred all the older posts to the other place.)

    There was a indigent man who approached a wealthy woman in front of her home in Atherton, "Do you have any money to spare?"

    Replied she: "I don't give out money.  But, I have a porch out in back.  I have this flat green paint.  If you paint it, I'll give you a hundred dollars."

    The man approached her, at the end of the day, splattered with paint.

      "Ma'am,  I did the best I could.  I painted every inch of it.  But, it wasn't a Porsche, it was a Mercedes." 

New Address

  Hey there.  I've moved to a new address. You can catch up on the positivity shared there by clicking on this link.  Hope to see you there.  I'm going to start using this second blog of mine for another purpose.  It will be fun. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Responding To An Emotional Meltdown

Below is a recent post over at my new location.  This is address was were I once pounded away my thoughts. Not so, now. You can find me at my new digs by clicking on this link. Hope to see you there. You'll find out what you've been missing. I've written over six hundred posts there that you can't find here.

Here's the post.

"Like an earring of fine gold is a wise man's reprove to a
listening ear. " Prov. 25:12. The challenge is learning how
 to respond, not react and how to be loving instead of
spiteful, when we are frustrated. 

    Thank you, to my Russian and German guests, you have been dropping by, a lot.  Those who hail from the land of Tolstoy have been twenty-five percent of the readership for this month.  Ten percent of the visitors to this inn have been those from the land of Goethe.  I'm glad you're finding encouragement here.  A tip of my cap also goes out to those of you who hail from the United States. As always, you are the largest number who pass through the doors of this inn.

     This morning, I encountered an angry man.  No fun.  Even with all my training and experience, it's still

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saying Hello. Please Visit My New Address

     Hi there

How are you?  I'm posting the following post for those who haven't yet made the switch to the not-so-new address for the Attitude of Gratitude Inn.  I'd love seeing you there.

     You can click on this link, it will take you there.  In the meantime, I'm wishing you a great and grateful day!   The Innkeeper

     Good evening,

How you be?  My life is settling down after having a few things throw me for a loop in March.  Now, life is marching on (pun intended).

     I had two bad experiences three weeks ago.  Last Tuesday, I revisited one of them.  Not an easy task, especially when embarrassment and strong feelings of fear were involved.  However, ringing in my ears was:
"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by failing to attempt,"      Written by a guy named Will. 
      A crisis happened at the Alameda Library, a few weeks back.  Someone I was going to meet there, arrived early.  Being confused, she said something inaccurate, using my name.

      Her comments disturbed the head librarian.  No, she did not say she had a bomb. But, what she said would have disturbed me, too. Over the past year and a half, this librarian and I became friends.

     Well, Tuesday, I returned to the scene of the hullabaloo.  Uncomfortable and apprehensive I was, to say the least.  At first, I stayed on the first floor.  The event happened on the second floor.

      Grasping all of my emotional and mental strength, I strode upstairs to the reference desk, facing the man who was bewildered by what happened in early March .

      His comment upon seeing me: "Where have you been?"  Whew!  All of my fears were not realized.  The librarian was kind and concerned about my welfare.  What do you think of that?


My Gratitudes for Friday
1.  I'm thankful for resuming my visits to the Alameda Library. They have been a routine of mine, ever since I moved to this town a year-and-a-half ago.
2.  I appreciate the growth that happens when I face my fears, which were vivid and real. It wasn't easy, being in a situation that offered an uncertain outcome, possibly a negative one.
3.  Grateful, I am, I processed the crisis that occurred at the library, almost a month ago.

     I'm very appreciative that a dear friend, Stuart, helped.  He listened as I shared my grief with him. He allowed me to vent my thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.  I'm glad that I know I do not get my healing in isolation.

     My needs and vulnerabilities are not a design flaw, but a design feature created by God. I'm learning to welcome them. They extrude me into relationships with emotionally mature and discerning others. My needs help free me from the sin of self-sufficiency. (Safe People, p. 67)
4.  I look forward to the upcoming week. I have challenges I need to face. When I taste victory in one area, it emboldens me to move forward in other intimidating areas needing my attention.

How About You? 
Have you faced any fears, lately?  I'd love hearing what enables you to confront yours.