my neighbor

He said, “You know the toughest thing is to love somebody who has done something mean to you… it’s very important to look inside yourself and find that loving part of you. That’s the part that you must take good care of and never be mean to, because that’s the part of you that allows you to love your neighbor. And your neighbor is anyone you happen to be with any time of your life.”

Mr. Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers’s neighborhood was one of my favorite television shows to have our children watch. Along with JJ Heller who was one of my all time favorite musical artists to play, as they drifted off to sleep.

In a small way I have patterned my other blog, Oma’s Reading Room, after Mister Rogers’ endearing television program. Also, my admiration for JJ continues even until today.

I have followed her; along with her talented husband Dave’s, careers for many years now. Her music is used as the background to many many short videos I have made and posted on this blog-site; as well as, the theme song to Oma’s Reading Room!

I feel privileged to use her music as a subscriber to Musicbed because I can share her gifted talents with so many others.

And I am so excited because today, is one of those days!

As we, in the Continental United States, prepare to place our voting “ballots in the box” – or even if we have already mailed in our selections prior to today- I invite you to listen to JJ’s newest release; so that you might be reminded of what truly holds us together, beyond the issues we individually champion towards.

May we always respect one another not just for the political ideology we hold, but for any of the issues which may seek to divide us.

“When the chasm between us feels so wide
That it’s hard to imagine the other side
But we don’t have to see things eye to eye
For me to love you like
You are my neighbor”

JJ Heller, You are my neighbor.

Who are the people in your neighborhood?

May God give us hearts like His to love our neighbors well!

hugs n’ blessings to all those who reach out to the other side!

pirate friend

Oldest friend I own.

When they are real, friendships are not glass threads or frost-work, but the solidest thing we know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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new friends

For many years I have been following a practice introduced to me by a very dear friend, who is the editor of a Newsletter I subscribe to.

The Spirit of Medjugorje.

Medjugorje, located in Bosnia-Herzecgnovia, is a very special place – and for those of us who have had the good fortune to travel there can attest – there are many graces delivered when one visits with an open heart to the Lord and Jesus’ mother, Mary.

Each year the editor of The Spirit of Medjugorje, June, randomly chooses the name of a saint to be the “holy protector” for the Newsletter for the year.

St. Faustina’s (my gal-pal) community used to do this every year on New Year’s Day (Saint Faustina’s Diary, #360). This can be a fun and educational thing to do with your family and friends. Almost always, there is a connection between the saint and the person or group who randomly picked it.

Although any list of saints can be used, there is one my friend recommends on the website, www.mary’s.tv. Simply download the pdf with the names of the same Saints created by Saint Faustina’s community, tear/cut them into individual slips of paper, place in a bag/box/bowl & pick one from the large selection randomly!

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