Sunday, October 23, 2005

Friday, October 21, 2005

Breaking Bread

"October 21, 2005
Nourishment For The Soul
Breaking Bread Together

As we rush to keep up with the speed of our busy lives, one of the first activities we tend to sacrifice is the sharing of a meal with other people. We may find ourselves eating alone at the kitchen counter or hurriedly drinking a cup of soup while driving in our cars. Yet taking the time to share a meal with family or a close friend not only feeds your body, but also it can nourish your soul. Companionship can fill the heart the way warm stew can satisfy your belly. Eating a meal with others allows you to slow down, while nurturing your relationships.

Breaking bread with others can be treated like a ritual where the gestures of sharing and togetherness are just as important as the food you eat. Planning, preparing, and consuming a meal are all stepping off points toward good conversation, bonding, and learning about someone else. Inviting a new acquaintance to share a meal can be the start of a wonderful friendship. A shared breakfast can be a brainstorming session between coworkers, or it can set the tone for a positive day for family members. Lunch with a friend can be a welcome break from the day's stress, as well as a chance to unwind. Dinner with loved ones can be a chance to talk about the day's events with people who truly care. Sometimes, there may even be no need for conversation, and you may want to share a meal with someone while sitting in comfortable silence.

The breaking of bread can be a fulfilling experience, especially when done among people you love and trust. So the next time you find yourself rushing through a meal in front of your computer, you may want to pause and reconsider. The warm feelings, sense of security, and enjoyment you experience from sharing a meal with others may be the kind of break that you really need."

Friday, October 14, 2005

Remember your spiritual side

"The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays." -- Soren Kierkegaard

Reminding ourselves often of our spiritual natures truly changes the quality of our lives. It helps us relax, slow down, lighten up, and generally find more space and joy in life.

When we get down on ourselves or life, we can pull back and ask, "How might my soul regard this situation? What am I being invited to experience?"

This shift in perspective helps us let go of the resistance that always comes with negativity. As energy once again begins to flow, our outlook brightens.

"Spirituality is the sacred center out of which all life comes, including Mondays and Tuesdays and rainy Saturday afternoons in all their mundane and glorious detail. ... The spiritual journey is the soul's life commingling with ordinary life." -- Christina Baldwin

"It is not my business to think about myself. My business is to think about God. It is for God to think about me." -- Simone Weil

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Free - three adorable black kittens

6-7 months old, all boys. All three very sweet and loving. They are strays and have been outside their whole little lives but I have been handling them and getting them used to people. They desperately need a home before the cold weather sets in! I do not want to take them to the shelter.

They look exactly alike except one has a half tail (part Manx).

I am in the Elkview area but will meet you anywhere in the Charleston area, Chesapeake, Marmet, South Charleston, St. Albans, Sissonville. Will consider going as far as Teays Valley or even Huntington. Or will meet you halfway if you live further.

PLEASE if you know anyone who could give one or more of these kittens a good home, comment or email me at

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Maddie playing soccer Posted by Picasa