A couple days ago I asked you to pray for my cousin, Cliff, who had esophageal cancer and had his esophagus removed. I know some of you are praying people who take requests like mine to heart and actually add CLIFF HURN to your prayer list. I want you to know how much I and his family appreciate it!
Today I received the following news from Cliff’s daughter, Heidi:
“You can see from the smiles that Cliff had a great day… and of course it helps that he’s surrounded by his favorite ladies 😉 The nasal tube is gone – good news since that means he can wear his CPAP and get some sleep, he has a new feeding tube installed near his tummy, and he finally gets to eat ice chips! Who knew these milestones would be so exciting!?”
Continue those prayers, please. We are hoping Cliff can go home on Monday. His wife, Janine is a nurse. Between his daughters, spouse, and God, he is in good hands.
Music increases Intelligence, I am sure; Especially strings!
Science bears it out! Or is it that violins Attract the wise ones?
Today at our Madison Valley Woman’s Club, there were about 75 women present to enjoy a variety of homemade soups for lunch while being entertained by Katie Coyle’s violin students.
Teacher, Katie, said she was not a trained teacher, but no one else in our little town of less than 1,000 residents was teaching violin. So, when Katie (who to played the fiddle when she was a youngster) was asked, she stepped up to the plate. There is no way you would agree with her when she says, “I don’t know how to teach violin.”
Katie obviously knows how to teach violin in a way that brings the students back each week clambering for more.
Our MVWC donates money annually to Katie’s Music and Art Academy. Our donation made it possible for 3 families to attend Fiddlers’ Camp last summer. Next summer Katie hopes 6 families can attend.
Our “Collect” or “pledge” that we resign together each month at the start of our meeting tells you a little about our mission:
Today I was one of about 8 ladies who provided the crock pots of soup for the lunch. Each month a different volunteer committee provides the meal and decorates the tables with seasonal themes.
Do you play an instrument? Is it your conviction that music enhances intelligence? I may be a little prejudiced in that regard!
Just listening to beautiful violin music makes me feel smarter! How about you?
My cousin, Cliff, who had surgery yesterday to remove his esophagus (due to cancer) loves sending me jokes about my instrument of choice: the accordion. I ask you to pray today for Cliff’s recovery and return to strength and humor. I think of him as I listen to this beautiful music.
One of the jokes Cliff sent me was a picture of St. Peter welcoming someone to Heaven saying, “Here is your harp.” And Satan welcoming someone to Hell saying, “Here’s your accordion.”
Thanks, Cliff!! In spite of your sarcastic humor, I love you!! (Maybe it’s because of your humor??) Even in your strapped down, hooked up, post surgery posture, I can see that devilish smirk and the twinkle in your eyes!
Listen to music. It’ll make you smarter. And bee sure your kids get music lessons!
Bee well! Always Bee Grateful for your health!! See ya tomorrow, my friends.
When I posted my blog yesterday (Speak Kindly), I mentioned that November is a month devoted to Thanksgiving (at least here in the USA that’s our focus). In addition to this attitude of Gratitude, I sent out an invitation to make it a month of KINDNESS. “Let’s make Kindness a HABIT,” I suggested.
In the Comments Section
My daughter who lives in Switzerland (and who reads my blog daily – thank you, DeDe), wrote a comment saying, “It should be that way every month of the year!”
She’s right, of course. It should be! If you search under the tag of Kindness on WordPress, you will discover it is a topic well covered. It’s not written about because it is an automatic human response, unfortunately. Kindness is something we really need to cultivate.
“Lately, in the news, all I hear about are all the negative things happening. I would like to focus on positivity.
It doesn’t take much to do something kind for someone.”
Then she listed some suggestions. Check out her blog.
Is Kindness that Hard?
In her blog, Sunday Sayings – Kindness, Forestwood wrote,
“Throughout our lives, we constantly hear sageful advice such as:
‘Treat one another as you would like to be treated yourself ‘– That wise old Confucian saying of ‘Do Unto Others as You would have Done Unto You.‘
“We hear this, we know this, well most of us implicitly know this, yet often despite this, ego takes over. People might become selfish, or narcissistic, or begin to look-out, only for themselves.”
Kindness Affects Our Mental Health
When our “Reptilian Brain” has its needs met (food, shelter and clothing), then we don’t have to focus on our survival. We don’t have to respond to life with the “Me First” attitude. We can reach out with our thoughts and our prayers, our words and our actions, to exhibit genuine kindness to others. In so doing, our own mental health is uplifted – and we find the world to be a better place. Better, because we are the kindness we want to see – and what we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own.
Reach out to someone with kindness today. Make it intentional!
My friend, Gloria, and her husband Bob Wilson, are in Hawaii right now. I may not have had a beautiful sunset last night here in gray, cold Montana, nor a gorgeous sunrise this morning, but the Wilsons did. Thanks to the internet, their generosity, answered prayer, and miraculous cancer treatments, I could enjoy these scenes with them.
ThePhysical Beautyof Health
So, as I thank God for another visually beautiful day, I also Thank the Lord for the beauty of health. Gloria is experiencing miraculous cancer treatments (it was in her lungs and brain and lymph system). The amazing treatments have given back her life and her ability to travel and enjoy such beautiful scenes as these.
Praying for Others’ Beautiful Day
Do you have friends/family who have “Beat the Big C” or are in the process now of treatments? My cousin, Cliff, has scheduled surgery for esophageal cancer this week… and Bob’s sister, Bonnie, is seeing the doctor today about continued radiation and chemo related to breast cancer.
Thanks to our many medical advances, the “Big C” does not have to mean a death sentence these days. My husband, Bob, is an 12 year survivor of prostate cancer. He had it frozen. There are so many options for people who are diagnosed with the disease these days. We can pray and ask God for His mercy and healing, but God also expects us to do our part by becoming educated.
After Bob’s diagnosis, we called another cousin of mine who is the “Prostate Cancer Survivor Poster Child” and we asked for his advice. He sent us to YANA.org (at that time it was a website called “You Are Not Alone” where men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer could go to learn about other men’s journey toward wellness). Now, trying to Google it, I discovered lots of YANA sites… but not the one Bob spent days where he read histories of others and learned about their treatment options, choices, and successes. There are so many places to go to get ideas. You don’t have to take the first idea the oncologist throws out at you! Be your own best advocate!