Posts made in July, 2011

On Staying Stuck

»Posted by on Jul 28, 2011 in Tomi's Blog | 0 comments

On Staying Stuck

On Staying Stuck: Ever feel stuck? I do. And when I am stuck, I think of three very different ‘stuck’ stories. One makes me chuckle, another stirs within me gratefulness. And the last saddens me. I’ll begin with the story that makes me smile. It is from a classic storybook by A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. Winnie-the-Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood eats all the remaining honey in his jar. In search of more honey, he visits Rabbit’s house. Rabbit invites Pooh for lunch, and Pooh devours every jar of honey in Rabbit’s house. Because of the vast amount of honey Pooh ate, his stomach is very full and round. And while exiting through Rabbit’s front door, Pooh becomes stuck. Rabbit tries to help Pooh by pushing on the...

read more

On Purple Mountain Fireworks

»Posted by on Jul 2, 2011 in Tomi's Blog | 0 comments

On Purple Mountain Fireworks

On Purple Mountain Fireworks: I felt small. Standing at 6,035 feet above sea level in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I gazed toward the summit of Pikes Peak. It would not be impossible to climb, but it would cost me time and sweat. I thought I could make it—if I trained. For years, I desired to ascend the purple mountain mentioned in the patriotic song “America the Beautiful.” Katharine Lee Bates penned the lyrics, first as a poem, after her inspiring trip in 1893 to the top of Pikes Peak, Colorado. America the Beautiful O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea! . . . And I was...

read more