Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 161

But I Smile Anyway...


“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” -Anne Lamott

Thanks for the reminder Spidey.

Think I needed that after my week.

What with stressful waits for observations then feedback, an unwell child causing sleepless nights, and an injured child, shutting his hand in a car door, I was ready to drop on Friday evening.

I came home and did my usual routine of cleaning the house from top to bottom, then sat down with my laptop to browse blog posts, as I do. Within half an hour, I kid you not, I had a streaming nose and the beginnings of a full-blown cold.


Life, after all you threw at me this week, you could at least have given me this weekend to just relax and unwind, not get ill!

But then, maybe it’s just life’s way of making us slow down.

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I’m Ill!

But I Smile Anyway...

This is me…

A whole weekend of sniffles… This isn’t fair!


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Sunrise Movement: Young people unite to stop climate change and make it an urgent priority in the US

Life & Soul Magazine

Sunrise Movement is building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across the USA.

Uniting young people to stop the climate crisis, Sunrise Movement is calling for a transition​ ​to​ ​a​ ​100%​ ​renewable​ ​energy​ ​economy​ ​that​ ​leaves​ ​no​ ​one​ ​behind, an​ ​immediate​ ​halt​ ​on​ ​all​ ​new​ ​fossil​ ​fuel​ ​projects, and the​ ​break-up​ ​of​ ​the​ ​large​ ​energy​ ​monopolies​ ​and​ ​a​ ​transition​ ​to​ ​local,​ ​democratic control​ ​over​ ​the energy​ ​system.​

Sunrise Movement say: „We are ordinary young people who are scared about what the climate crisis means for the people and places we love. We are gathering in classrooms, living rooms, and worship halls across the country.

„Everyone has a role to play. Public opinion is already with us – if we unite by the millions we can turn this into political power and reclaim our democracy.“

From May through to November, Sunrise Movement’s „nonviolent army“ of more than 100 young people…

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Widerstand oder: Der Klingschen neue Übung

Sylvia Kling - Literatur und Humanismus

Aus meiner tristen Herzenskammer
ach, tönt leidiges Gejammer,
hoch hinaus und tief hinunter,
kurz ermüdet, wieder munter,
klagts und dringt hindurch zum Kern,

Schmerz, du Fremder, bleib mir fern!

Ich atme Raum in endlos Zügen,
hoffst du bei mir aufs Vergnügen?
Denke nicht, der Kern dich nähret,
ewig dir das Sein gewähret!

Ich dir keineswegs verhehle:
Weisheit fließt aus meiner Seele,

die ich stets und gern genutzt,
gut die Pein damit gestutzt.
Locke du nur weiter – frei,
ich dir nie ergeben sei!

Ach, vortrefflich sei mein Willen –
tief in mir, im weiten Stillen.

Als ichs sprach, hat zugepackt
das Weh – so stand ich klein und nackt.
Größer ward ich – nur im Geiste.
Eine Seele sagt nicht: Leiste!

© Sylvia Kling

Liebe Freunde, Leser und Besucher, lieber Holger,

ein kurzes Hallo möchte ich Euch hinterlassen – mit einem Gedicht, welches ich vor der Operation schrieb und mich…

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Churchmouse Campanologist turns 9!

Churchmouse Campanologist

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, Churchmouse Campanologist turns 9!

(Image credit: AliExpress.com)

Many thanks to my readers, subscribers, commenters and referrers who have made this possible.

Churchmouse Campanologist attracts a broad church of readers from all over the world. ClustrMaps.com data show that during March readers have been visiting from the following countries (greatest views to least, top ten below):

1/  United States
2/  United Kingdom
3/  Canada
4/  Australia
5/  New Zealand
6/  France
7/  Philippines
8/  Germany
9/  South Africa
10/ India

My top ten referrers over the past year are as follows:

1/  voat.co (1st for second year running)
2/  Free Republic (new, for ‚How George Washington died — horribly‘)
3/  Facebook (was 2nd last year)
4/  WordPress.com Reader (3rd last year)
5/  churchmousec-wordpress-com.cdn.ampproject.org
6/  android-app (4th last year)
7/  headrambles.com (new)
8/  Twitter (up from 9th last year)
9/  Blogarama.com (new)

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Forbidden Bible Verses — Acts 16:11-15

Churchmouse Campanologist

Bible readingThe three-year Lectionary that many Catholics and Protestants hear in public worship gives us a great variety of Holy Scripture.

Yet, it doesn’t tell the whole story.

My series Forbidden Bible Verses — ones the Lectionary editors and their clergy have omitted — examines the passages we do not hear in church. These missing verses are also Essential Bible Verses, ones we should study with care and attention. Often, we find that they carry difficult messages and warnings.

Today’s reading is from the English Standard Version with commentary by Matthew Henry and John MacArthur.

Acts 16:11-15

The Conversion of Lydia

11 So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis,12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the[a] district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some…

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The Survivors: Mitsubishi J2M Raiden – The Last Japanese Thunderbolt

Aces Flying High

One of the better fighter designs operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War Two but not built in enough numbers, was the Mitsubishi J2M Raiden („Thunderbolt“ – Allied Code Name: Jack) land based interceptor used to attack Allied bombers such as the USAAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress. It was designed to be fast with a top speed 596km/h (370 mph – examples captured and tested by the United States using 92 octane fuel plus methanol, flew at speeds between 655km/h and 671km/h!), with an excellent rate of climb, to quickly reach the enemy bombers at altitude and later variants packed a punch with 4 x 20mm Type 99 wing mounted cannons to bring them down. It was armoured but maneuverability was sacrificed for speed and this pilot protection. Unfortunately performance at high altitude was hampered by the lack of an engine turbocharger on the main production Raiden aircraft.

Mitsubishi J2M1 Raiden prototype - the three J2M1 Raiden prototypes flew for the first time on March 20th, 1942 Mitsubishi…

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