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Look carefully...at the seemingly small moments...in the constant shaping of souls.- Neal A.Maxwell
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A Glad Heart
". . . . beauty makes a claim on us; it is a call to renounce our narcisissm and look with reverence on the world.”  (Roger Scruton)

(Brighton, Utah)

(Hood River, Oregon)

"Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart...."(Doctrine and Covenants 59:18)

I'm really sorry
While on a walk in Utah B and I found a hippo lunch-sack puppet.  It had "If I can say, 'Hippopotamus,' I can say, 'I'm sorry,'" written across the body of the hippo.  It struck our funny bones.
Seventy-percent represented in Six-percent
11-year old B and I headed for home after a 2-week visit with family in Utah.  We were both a little teary-eyed.  As a diversion we kept track of license plate states.  I guessed we would see 10 different states total, B guessed 20.  14 hours, 900 miles and a total of three states later our list showed 3 Canadian provinces, U.S. Government plates and 35 of the 50 United States.  B was really hoping to see Hawaii - that didn't happen.  However, we did see Alaska, Californina, Maine and Florida - all four corners of the continental United States.

In a while...
"See ya later crocodile!" 2-year old girl called as I was leaving her house.  "In a while alligator,"  I called back.

Really it's going to be too long of a while - but no point telling my sweet Wednesday girls that.  They're moving to New York.  That is not a quick jaunt from Oregon.  But, as their mom said, we're family now so we have to see each other again. 

Until then, "See ya later crocodile!"
Service with a Smile
     Cleaning our church is on an alphabetical rotation basis.  Today was our turn along with the Bishop and his wife. 
     1)  I asked the bishop to unlock the gym closet so I could put away a volleyball that had been left out.  He opened the door, I ran,  got the ball, called "catch", lobbed the ball - too high.  It hit the wall and landed on Bishop's head.  Fortunately it made Bishop laugh and, according to him, it was a soft ball and he "didn't even feel it."  Almost 16-year old C saw it however and was quick to inform 11-year old B, laughing the entire time.
     2)  In a classroom I found a garbage can with used paper plates, watermelon rinds and silverware.  I was a amazed that so many forks had been thrown away.  I showed Bishop's wife, she told me to show Bishop.  We went together to show him.  All he said was, "Oh, yeah, that was from the youth fireside the other night."  I took the garbage can to the kitchen, put gloves on and reached in for the first fork.  It was lighter than I expected.  Hmmmm, plastic that looks real.  Again I showed Bishop's wife.  She laughed and jokingly asked, "Now what am I going to do with my righteous indignation?"  I showed Bishop.  He looked surprised.  He hadn't noticed the "silverware" in the garbage.  Maybe the ball hit him harder than he's telling.   :)
     3)  Bishop asked C if he would take a large concrete pig and a 933 page novel to Goodwill on our way home.  The unclaimed pig and book had both been in one of the offices for a long, long time.  Once in the car I asked C and B if they wanted to make a detour and ding-dong-ditch the pig on our 81-year old neighbor's porch before taking it to Goodwill.  If you knew how humorous our neighbor is you would understand why C responded with, "We should ding-dong-ditch the book with it with a note saying, 'Reading the book will explain why the pig.'"  He and I both started laughing.  B said, "I don't get it."  I explained that usually something nice like a plate of cookies or flowers is left on the doorstep during a ding-dong-ditch - not a concrete pig.  Just as we were walking up the driveway our neighbor came out.  I said, "We were going to surprise you and leave this on your doorstep,  I guess we'll just have to give it to you now.  The book explains the pig."  She looked at the book, looked at the pig, looked at the book again and asked, "Are you joking?"  We all laughed and said, "Of course we are."  We explained the story.  She asked what we were going to do with the book and the pig.  We said, "Take them to Goodwill."  She actually wanted the pig, it's on her doorstep right now.
     4) After my neighbor drove away I remembered that her birthday was yesterday.  Later today she'll find us one her door-step again.

(The book is headed for Goodwill, any takers?)
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