Posted by: maboulette | April 16, 2014


For Christian’s around the world, this is Holy Week – the time when our Lord was crucified, buried and then rose from the dead.

This was my dear mother’s favorite season of the year. She always made it special for me; coloring eggs, surprising visits from the Easter bunny and of course our church. I was raised an Episcopalian at St Paul’s in Brady, Texas which was an important part of my mother’s life.

Easter Sunday we had our new shoes and outfits and it was time to go to church where often the church would have a luncheon or refreshments. If not then we would go out to eat at one of a couple of restaurants in our small town.



But my favorite memories are when my kids were old enough to love hunting for eggs or helping Nanna George color eggs. They both would have a new outfit and my mother would beam taking her grandchildren to church. The picture above was when she couldn’t tell the difference between a boy’s bowtie and a man’s bowtie. As a grandmother she was super! She knew all the things to do to make her grandchildren have fun at Nanna George’s home.

She has been gone now for 28 years with my father passing away when I was just 10. But mother was determined that I would have the same life that anyone with 2 parents would have, and she did a great job. But the best job she did and loved was being a grandmother. I loved just watching her and my kids during Easter hiding and looking for eggs, big dinners, or driving to the lake just to get out of the house. And our church – my mother loved taking the grandchildren to church.

So Happy Easter Mother, I miss you as I do every Easter Week and I think about you every day.

Posted by: maboulette | April 12, 2014



Posted by: maboulette | April 11, 2014


In a real life example of how Obamacare is changing everything, a local newspaper ran an article about the closing of the 9th Street Ministry Medical Clinic.
“It was announced last week that 9th Street Ministries will be concluding their medical clinic mission, which had been ongoing monthly to offer free medical services to those in need since first starting in 1998. The final day for the medical clinic will be Thursday, April 24, and that will conclude the mission that has been in place for almost 16 years.”
The article tells how the ministry has been operating once a month for years to give people healthcare on a first come, first served basis. This care was provided by volunteers. My mother actually volunteered at the clinic and they would see as many as 300 a day. Many of these people would wait all day for the chance to see a doctor. Most of the patients were people who could not afford to see a doctor, but were not eligible for medicaid or medicare. Why would they close this clinic down?
“We’ve gone from seeing around 300 people a month on a regular basis, but as people were enrolling in Obamacare, the numbers we were seeing have dropped. We were down to 80 people that came through the medical clinic in February, all the way down to three people at the medical clinic in March. Our services won’t be needed anymore, and this will conclude our mission.”
We live in one of the most conservative places in Arkansas. The Repub’s want to tell those people that once a month waiting all day for a chance to see a doctor was good enough. Thankfully, President Obama did not think so.
Here is the link to the article:


Posted by: maboulette | April 10, 2014



Pope Francis aims to unite conservative and reformist strands of Catholicism with the first canonization of two popes this month — an impressive masterstroke that has already stirred dissent in some quarters. He will canonize sainthood on John XXIII and John Paul II means bringing together two distinct different sides of the Catholic Church.

Posted by: maboulette | April 8, 2014



Wellington (AFP) – Baby Prince George arrived in New Zealand with parents Prince William and Catherine on Monday for the eight-month-old’s first ever official tour, an AFP reporter said.
Strong winds, rain and poor visibility greeted the royals in Wellington at the start of a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia.

It will be one of the first times George, who is third in line to the throne, has been seen in public since his birth on July 22 last year.

The baby will only be taken to a few specific engagements throughout the trip, the family’s Kensington Palace residence said.

For Kate, who stepped off the Royal New Zealand Air Force plane in a buttoned-up red coat and pill-box hat, it’s a first visit to either country, but William, second in line to the throne, has visited New Zealand and Australia several times.

Posted by: maboulette | April 5, 2014


I have to write about something today that will be hard to write. I saw this on television because it was played since the owner of the dog wanted everyone to see it. But, I thought there might be some dog owners who would never see her video. The lady lives in a New York apartment home and uses an elevator to take her dog that weighed over 100 lbs. down for his walks.

Coming back to the apartment the dog’s lease got caught in the elevator doors. The video was terrible to watch the dog being pulled up with the doors and getting almost strangled to death. But after some chilling video, the dog’s collar broke and the dog was saved from the horrible death that he was about to have.

I love animals so please, please – those of you who live in an apartment anywhere in the world and take you dog or dogs down an elevator to go outside – please be careful and watch where your dog is and especially where the lease is. Something like this can happen so fast and if you love your animals– you will never forgive yourself.


There is a company that is working on a breakaway collar.

Posted by: maboulette | April 4, 2014


I want to share with you a story that came to me this week. We all know about the terrible mudslide that happened in the small town of Oso north of Seattle.


Out of nowhere the side of a hill gave way and created a mudslide of enormous proportion – 1 sq. mile of sludge that was fast-moving. It destroyed and entombed the entire landscape. This occurred and forever changed the lives of all those in its path leaving death, mayhem and destruction. As of April 2nd, 29 people were confirmed as dead; with 20 still missing.


The quickness of this devastation along with the abruptness of it serves as a very painful reminders of how fragile all life really is and how quickly life can be gone in an instant. Some of the most devastating acts come from Mother Nature.


But out of great tragedies often can come moments of great joy. This is often true in many nature tragedies, there are brief moments of relief that warms the heart and for a moment lift the spirit.


This story involves the survival of a family dog named Buddy. As the search and rescue teams were carefully digging around in the mud and rubble for survivors, they found Buddy, alive and well, buried beneath the mass of wreckage.


As Buddy escape the mudslide and shook off the dust from his near death experience shows both the fragility and value of life and brought a breath of fresh air to an impossible to survive disaster zone.



Posted by: maboulette | April 3, 2014



The divorce of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, has been finalized, the Kremlin confirmed, according to news reports.

Dmitry Peskov, a Putin spokesman, told a Russian news agency the divorce had been “completed,” according to AFP.

The couple announced last June that they were ending their 30-year marriage.
In a televised announcement last year that they were breaking up, Putin said it was a “joint decision” and the couple “practically never saw each other,” according to the Associated Press.

“We will eternally be very close people,” Lyudmila Putin said.

The Putins have two adult daughters, Maria and Yekaterina.


Posted by: maboulette | April 3, 2014


RAAF Airborne Electronics Analyst Sergeant Patrick Manser looks out of an observation window aboard an aircraft during the search for debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

Investigators are contemplating defeat in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, with no plane debris found, ocean currents buffeting the search area and the black box’s battery close to running out of power

Officials raised the possibility on Wednesday that the fate of the Malaysia Airlines plane missing for almost a month may never be determined, even as they said its disappearance is now being treated as a criminal investigation.


“Investigations may go on and on and on. We have to clear every little thing,” Malaysia police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said, the Associated Press reports. “At the end of the investigations, we may not even know the real cause. We may not even know the reason for this incident.”


Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8 soon after departing Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, and subsequent analysis of data transmission indicates it eventually crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean. All 239 passengers and crew are presumed lost to the chilly and tempestuous waters.


Khalid said the criminal investigation is still focused on three possibilities — hijacking, sabotage and psychological problems of anyone aboard the Boeing 777. More than 170 statements have been taken, and investigators plan to take even more, he said. All passengers on the flight have been cleared of any role in hijacking, sabotage, or having personal psychological issues that could have led to the plane’s disappearance, CNN reports.


Meanwhile, the sonar-equipped British submarine H.M.S. Tirelesshas joined the search team, which on Wednesday numbered 10 planes and nine ships. But without tracing any debris to an impact point, authorities are left to comb about 85,000 sq. miles (220,000 sq km) of ocean — roughly the size of Utah — some 930 miles (1,500 km) west of Perth, Australia.


Experts point to the 60 years it took to find H.M.A.S. Sydney and the 80 years to find the Titanic as an indication of the arduous task ahead. “And both of those are considerably bigger than the poor old 777,” Jason Middleton, an aviation professor at the University ofNew South Wales in Sydney, tells TIME. “The chances of finding it are very, very small.”


Even the largest possible floating objects, such as empty fuel tanks that have not ruptured or remain attached to heavy engines, have likely sunk by now. “They would almost certainly be on the bottom,” Middleton says. “Otherwise [anything floating] will be seat cushionsand people’s sneakers.”


Chinese ships have already ruled out 11 locations in the southern Indian Ocean where suspicious objects had been seen floating, reports China’s state news agency Xinhua.


While the submarine will certainly boost search efforts, there is no telling how long it will stay in the area. If the flight recorder’s pinger battery dies before it is found — as with Air France Flight 447, which crashed in the Atlantic in 2009 — then searchers will have to trawl the ocean with submerged side-scan sonars looking at the ocean floor.


“But when you’re towing something which is 5 km deep, your towline is 20 km long, and you’ve got to worry about running into seamounts,” Middleton says.


Even if the black box is recovered — it took two years for Air France Flight 447 — there is no guarantee that all questions will be answered. Only information such as the heading, altitude and speed of the aircraft will almost certainly be accessible, as will two hours of recorded “noise” from the cockpit. “So even when they find it there will still be a lot of piecing together of information,” Middleton says.


Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was due to arrive in Perth late on Wednesday to inspect the search-and-rescue operations. He is expected to meet his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott on Thursday amid fresh controversy after it emerged that the final communication transcript from the cockpit was the standard “good night Malaysian 370” rather than the more casual “all right, good night” initially proffered by authorities. No explanation has been given for the discrepancy, the latest in a string to plague the investigation.


On Wednesday, Malaysian authorities held a closed-door briefing for relatives of people who were on the flight. “We had a very good meeting with them, and we answered all their questions,” Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation, told reporters.


Posted by: maboulette | April 2, 2014


Wow! According to an analysis of financials for Hobby Lobby. Reporters for Mother Jones discovered $73 million in mutual funds with investments in the companies that manufacturer contraceptives including emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs used to perform abortions.


Documents filed with the Department of Labor and dated December 2012—three months after the company’s owners filed their lawsuit—show that the Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement plan held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions. Hobby Lobby makes large matching contributions to this company-sponsored 401(k).


Several of the mutual funds in Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan have holdings in companies that manufacture the specific drugs and devices that the Green family, which owns Hobby Lobby, is fighting to keep out of Hobby Lobby’s health care policies : the emergency contraceptive pills Plan B and Ella, and copper and hormonal intrauterine devices.


Coupled with details on how Hobby Lobby is funding Right Wing political groups, per Salon , the picture is becoming abundantly clear that the Hobby Lobby Case is about more than allowing companies to deny types of health care coverage for religious reasons.


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