Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lessons for Today

2 Esdras 2:42:48

I, Ezra, saw on Mount Zion a great multitude that I could not number, and they all were praising the Lord with songs. In their midst was a young man of great stature, taller than any of the others, and on the head of each of them he placed a crown, but he was more exalted than they. And I was held spellbound. Then I asked an angel, "Who are these, my lord:" He answered and said to me, "These are they who have put off mortal clothing and have put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God. Now they are being crowned and receive palms." Then I said to the angel, "Who is that young man who is placing crowns on them and putting palms in their hands?" He answered and said to me, "He is the Son of God, whom they confessed in the world." So I began to praise those who had stood valiantly for the name of the Lord. Then the angel said to me, "Go, tell my people how great and how many are the wonders of the Lord God that you have seen."

The Psalm

Psalm 110:1-4 Page 753, BCP

Dixit Dominus

The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, *
until I make your enemies your footstool."
The LORD will send the scepter of your power out of Zion, *
saying, "Rule over your enemies round about you.
Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth; *
in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you,
like dew from the womb of the morning."
The LORD has sworn and he will not recant: *
"You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."


Psalm 126 Page 782, BCP

In convertendo

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations, *
"The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.
Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

Matthew 10:16-22

Jesus told the twelve disciples, "See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. "

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Happy Advent!

But I love this image!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Men in my Life

Ralph (Raf) Spurgeon Seibert III
John McBee Ficke

I posted these photos on my Facebook Wall yesterday, but I thought I would post them here today. The two men in my life who have done so much for me. They have loved me and comforted me and believed in me. My life would have been so two-dimensional, so empty, without them.

The top shows my husband, Raf, at age 23 when he served in the US Air Force in Panama for three years. Our oldest grandson, John, saw the photo for the first time yesterday and was amazed when I told him that his Papa was the same as then that he, John, is now.

The other photo shows my father, John Ficke. He was in the US Army in World War II and fought in all the major battles in Europe. He glided into France and was behind enemy lines calling fire on his location when the Normandy Invasion took place.

I thank God for these two good men, and I pray God's blessings on Raf and His eternal peace on Daddy.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

A new Dianne Bracelet

A new Dianne Bracelet
Originally uploaded by SiouxSue
Check out all my designs on my Facebook fan page: Beads by Sioux Facebook Fan Page

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. R-Norwalk, pictured standing at the right, speaks while colleagues Rep. Barbara Lambert, D-Milford and Rep. Jack F. Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, play solitaire Monday night as the House convened to vote on a new budget. The guy sitting behind Hennessy is checking out the baseball scores.

This is just a little snapshot of all the lying pricks that can't get the budget bill out by Oct. 1. No telling how many of them around the Chamber are doing the same thing. Some of our 'representatives' even admit they haven't taken the time to read the 1100 page government rationed health care bill but will still be able to vote on what kind of medical care system the USA will have in a few short years. The last thing the country needs is for scumbags like these to be able to go to Washington in the future and represent the people of America.

You should want to pass this picture around. What's the best way to get these worthless so-and-sos on the net for maximum exposure so the rest of the world can see? Blog it!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Clothing Label: Made in America

This appears on the label of merchandise from a small independent American company that imports to France.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Blessing of the Animals

Yesterday was St. Francis' Day, and we had the blessing of the animals. Got tickled at these two who really calmed right down, but they surely looked like they needed blessing! Maybe we needed an exorcism! Check out our church's website for more photos.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

A New Game

The object of the game is to destroy American capitalism
by having the government take over everything.

Wanna play? No?

Too bad, you're already playing.

And in this game, nobody win

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Only in America

Spread the Stupidity

Only in America .......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in America .....do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in America .....do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.

Only in America ......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in America ...........do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight..

Only in America .....do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

Birthday Blues

Birthday Blues
Originally uploaded by SiouxSue
Another zentangle greeting card.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pink Thank You

Pink Thank You
Originally uploaded by SiouxSue
I am starting a line of Greeting Cards. This is the first. It will be at 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" white matte finish card. Others will follow!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Del Castillo

Del Castillo are our friends from Austin. They have been featured in lots of movies including Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Alex Ruiz and Rick Del Castillo are listed on the tracks, but it's the whole band. If you get the chance to hear them live, they are wonderful! Great showmen, great musicians!

Here they are with Robert Rodriguez.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Why The Peaceful Majority Is Irrelevant

By Paul E. Marek

I used to know a man whose family were German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.

“Very few people were true Nazis” he said, “but, many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”

We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unquantified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is, that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world wide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is, that the “peaceful majority” is the “silent majority” and it is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The Average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a war mongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of Killing that included the systematic killing of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving”.

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by the fanatics. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Bosnians, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others, have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Children Go Where I Send Thee

This is a precious video of Tennessee Ernie Ford and his son.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Preacher's Son

An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession. Like many young men his age, the boy didn't really know what he wanted to do, and he didn't seem too concerned about it. One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy's room and placed on his study table four objects.

1. A Bible.

2. A silver dollar.

3. A bottle of whisky.

4. And a Playboy magazine.

"I'll just hide behind the door,' the old preacher said to himself. 'When he comes home from school today, I'll see which object he picks up.

"If it's the Bible, he's going to be a preacher like me, and what a
blessing that would be!

"If he picks up the dollar, he' s going to be a business man, and that
would be okay, too.

"But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good drunken bum, and Lord, what a shame that would be.

"And worst of all if he picks up that magazine he's going to be a
skirt-chasing womanizer."

The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's foot-steps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room.

The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects on the table..

With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them. Finally, he
picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped into his pocket. He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink, while he admired this month's centerfold.

"Lord have mercy," the old preacher disgustedly whispered. "He's gonna run for Congress."

From Lou Pritchett of Procter and Gamble

Circulating via forwarded email, an open letter to President Obama by former Procter & Gamble executive Lou Pritchett enumerates the ways the newly-elected commander-in-chief scares him.

Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America 's true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.


Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

TRUE - CHECK: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp

This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise. Since it hit the Internet, however, it has had over 500,000 hits. Keep it going. All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. It's happening right now.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Obama Concedes Health Insurance Measure

Obama foes turn to ’60s radical for tactical tips

By Edward Luce and Alexandra Ulmer in Washington

Published: August 16 2009 18:07 | Last updated: August 16 2009 18:07

Opponents of Barack Obama’s healthcare proposals are using the tactics of Saul Alinksy, the legendary leftwing activist who helped inspire the US president when he was a young community organiser, says Dick Armey, head of Freedom Works, a group fighting against universal healthcare.

Mr Armey, who was the Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives for most of the 1990s, said his group, which is behind many of the “tea party” protests that have disrupted town-hall meetings in the past two weeks, draws consciously on the forms of agitation pioneered by Mr Alinsky.

continue to read

Obama's Health Care Plan

Let me get this straight.

Obama's health care plan will be

written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it,

passed by a Congress that hasn't read it,

signed by a president who smokes,

funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes,

overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and

financed by a country that is nearly broke.

What could possibly go wrong?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Serious Warning!!

If you receive an email from the Department of Health telling you not to eat canned/tinned pork because of swine flu.............

Ignore it.

It's just Spam.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Veterans, Texas Arrests, Old People

This man,73,wears a protective flap over his ear while Senator Ted Kennedy, Barack O'Bama, Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton address the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

I wish I could shake this man's hand. I just want to know where he got it!


While discussing the upcoming Universal Health Care Program with my sister-in-law the other day, I think we have found the solution. I am sure you have heard the ideas that if you’re a senior you need to suck it up and give up the idea that you need any health care. A new hip? Unheard of. We simply can’t afford to take care of you anymore. You don’t need any medications for your high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, etc. Let’s take care of the young people. After all, they will be ruling the world very soon.

So here is the solution. When you turn 70, you get a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot 2 senators and 2 representatives. Of course, you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head and all the health care you need!!! New teeth, great!!! Need glasses, no problem. New hip, knee, kidney, lung, heart? Well bring it on. And who will be paying for all of this. The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care. And, since you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any income tax.

I really think we have a Perfect Solution!!!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Bracelets for St. Luke's Crazy Festival Booth

I have made 11 bracelets for the booth St. Luke's will have at the Crazy Water Festival. I'll upload some more later. Have one more bracelet to make to have 12! Raf has made greeting cards using photos of the church's stained glass windows. He is also framing a photo to raffle off.
Black and crystal seed beads with two vintage focal beads in a netted cuff.
Daisy Chain of seed beads with polymer focal made by Gail.
Lariat Chain of seed beads with glass art focal.
Jasper and seed bead chain.
Jasper and seed bead chain...doesn't the color seeds make a difference!
Under the sea chain with polymer focal.

Monday, August 03, 2009

What if George Bush Had...?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and
incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and
historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos
of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent
"Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people
who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes, would you have

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to Cinco de
Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the fourth of May
(Cuatro de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had mis-spelled the word advice would you have hammered
him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoe as "proof" of what a dunce
he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single
tree on "Earth Day", would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over
millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing
widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually "get" what
happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a
teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press
conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how he
inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout
the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans,
would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of
racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation,
even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have

If George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken
more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10
years, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by
90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura
Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and
impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all this in 5
months -- so you'll have three years and seven months to come up with an

That idea just scares the hell out of me!!!!!

Chuck Norris kicks Obama: Release birth certificate!

Read Chuck Norris' Column: What Obama and my wife have in common

Posted: August 03, 2009
1:00 am Eastern

© 2009

Dear Mr. President:

First, happy birthday. I do hope Aug. 4 is an enjoyable day for you and your family. Coincidentally, I also will be celebrating this week the birth of someone dear to me, my beloved wife, Gena, whose birthday is on Aug. 9.

Read the rest here:


Sunday, August 02, 2009

10 Reasons the Government Should Take Over Health Care (NOT)

1. Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common
cancers. Breast cancer mortality is 52 percent higher in Germany than
in the United States and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom.
Prostate cancer mortality is 604 percent higher in the United Kingdom
and 457 percent higher in Norway. The mortality rate for colorectal
cancer among British men and women is about 40 percent higher.

2. Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians. Breast
cancer mortality in Canada is 9 percent higher than in the United
States, prostate cancer is 184 percent higher, and colon cancer among
men is about 10 percent higher.

3. Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than
patients in other developed countries. Some 56 percent of Americans
who could benefit from statin drugs, which reduce cholesterol and
protect against heart disease, are taking them. By comparison, of
those patients who could benefit from these drugs, only 36 percent of
the Dutch, 29 percent of the Swiss, 26 percent of Germans, 23 percent
of Britons, and 17 percent of Italians receive them.

4. Americans have better access to preventive cancer screening than
Canadians. Take the proportion of the appropriate-age population
groups who have received recommended tests for breast, cervical,
prostate, and colon cancer:

Nine out of ten middle-aged American women (89 percent) have had a
mammogram, compared to fewer than three-fourths of Canadians (72

Nearly all American women (96 percent) have had a Pap smear, compared
to fewer than 90 percent of Canadians.

More than half of American men (54 percent) have had a
prostatespecific antigen (PSA) test, compared to fewer than one in six
Canadians (16 percent).

Nearly one-third of Americans (30 percent) have had a colonoscopy,
compared with fewer than one in twenty Canadians (5 percent). 5.
Lower-income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians.
Twice as many American seniors with below-median incomes self-report
“excellent” health (11.7 percent) compared to Canadian seniors (5.8
percent). Conversely, white, young Canadian adults with below-median
incomes are 20 percent more likely than lower-income Americans to
describe their health as “fair or poor.”

6. Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada
and the United Kingdom. Canadian and British patients wait about twice
as long—sometimes more than a year—to see a specialist, have elective
surgery such as hip replacements, or get radiation treatment for
cancer. All told, 827,429 people are waiting for some type of
procedure in Canada. In Britain, nearly 1.8 million people are waiting
for a hospital admission or outpatient treatment.

7. People in countries with more government control of health care are
highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed. More than 70 percent
of German, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and British adults say
their health system needs either “fundamental change” or “complete

8. Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than
Canadians. When asked about their own health care instead of the
“health care system,” more than half of Americans (51.3 percent) are
very satisfied with their health care services, compared with only
41.5 percent of Canadians; a lower proportion of Americans are
dissatisfied (6.8 percent) than Canadians (8.5 percent).

9. Americans have better access to important new technologies such as
medical imaging than do patients in Canada or Britain. An overwhelming
majority of leading American physicians identify computerized
tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the most
important medical innovations for improving patient care during the
previous decade—even as economists and policy makers unfamiliar with
actual medical practice decry these techniques as wasteful. The United
States has thirty-four CT scanners per million Americans, compared to
twelve in Canada and eight in Britain. The United States has almost
twenty-seven MRI machines per million people compared to about six per
million in Canada and Britain.

10. Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care
innovations. The top five U.S. hospitals conduct more clinical trials
than all the hospitals in any other developed country. Since the mid-
1970s, the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology has gone to U.S.
residents more often than recipients from all other countries
combined. In only five of the past thirty-four years did a scientist
living in the United States not win or share in the prize. Most
important recent medical innovations were developed in the United


All this means people live longer. The older people get, the more
health care costs and the more social security they suck out of
government. This diverts money away from dimorat special interests,
the POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR with it's own network of social workers and
other bureaucrats and union giveaways. So the government bureaucrats,
neo-commie socialists all, want to ration health care and knock 10-15
years off how long people live. That means there will be more money
for hair-brained "research" projects, non-compete contracts for
contributors and more power for them. SO if you are
poooooooooooooooooor, a social worker, member of a union or under 25,
this health care takeover will benefit you, at least for a few years.
If you are over 40, have a medical condition or just don't want a
central planner in DC to have control over YOUR healh care, you had
best fight this nightmare.

If you still don't understand what it means, get the movie "Logan's
". That is our future.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


This is tremendous. I can't discovered who did it, but it's wonderful!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Candle

In memory and in honor of all those whose lives have been effected by cancer. God bless you all.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July in Texas


The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.

The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

Hot water now comes out of both taps. You can make sun tea instantly.

You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.

The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.

You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.

You discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.

You actually burn your hand opening the car door.

You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m.

Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, 'What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?'

You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.

Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.

The cows are giving evaporated milk.

Ah, what a place to call home. God Bless The Great State of TEXAS!!! Wouldn't live anywhere else!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


I have posted three of 18 videos for the Benedictine Monastery in England. If you want more...check them out at You Tube.

Here is a video of Benedictine sisters in Indiana.

The convent with which I am associated is the All Saints Sisters of the Poor in Catonsville MD. They have been Anglican...still are...until September when they will be in the Roman church. God bless them. Notice they still wear the full habit, unlike the sisters above. If you ever want a spirit-filled and are near Catonsville (Baltimore) this is wonderful.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Monastery 2005, Part 2

Here is the second part of the 18-part series produced by the BBC in 2005.

I had several people ask me about our experience with the local Benedictine Community. It has been meeting for 4 years, but we only heard about it a couple of months ago. It is made up of Anglicans in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (our diocese is one of many that have left the Episcopal Church and have formed the Anglican Church of North America[ACNA]). As you may have heard the Episcopal Church USA has just lifted the ban on homosexual bishops! We go out just in time!

As to how we fit into a Benedictine Community, well, we are Anglo-Catholics. Our diocese is mainly Anglo-Catholic and ACNA is in talks with both the Roman and the Orthodox churches, and we hope and pray at some time to be in full communion with both.

Our Community meets monthly. We begin with choir practice of Gregorian Chants. Then we process into the nave chanting for Vespers. After that we eat in silence with one of the members reading aloud. Then we discuss one of the Benedictine Rules. Then we process into the nave for Compline. Then we leave in silence.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Monastery 2005, Part 1

Raf and I are becoming part of a Benedictine lay community. This was shared with us, and I thought I would like to share it with you.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Iraq and the Bible

Near the bottom will give you GOOSEBUMPS!!!

You don't want to miss this! ((*_*) )

1. The Garden of Eden was in Iraq

2. Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization!

3. Noah built the ark in Iraq

4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq

5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq

6. Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Nahor , which is in Iraq

7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq

8. Jonah preached in Nineveh - which is in Iraq

9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel

10. Amos cried out in Iraq

11. Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem

12. Daniel was in the lion's den in Iraq

13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the Fiery Furnace!)

14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the 'writing on the wall' in Iraq

15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq

16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq

17. The wise men were from Iraq

18. Peter preached in Iraq

19. The 'Empire of Man' described in Revelation is called Babylon --which was a city in Iraq

And you have probably seen this one: Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible.

But do you know which nation is second?

It is Iraq !

However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible.

The names used in the Bible are Babylon , Land of Shinar , and Mesopotamia ... The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris And Euphrates Rivers ..

The name Iraq means country with deep roots.

Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.

No other nation, except Israel , has more history and prophecy associated with it than Iraq

And also, This is something to think about:

Since America is typically represented by an eagle.

Saddam should have read up on his Muslim passages ....

The following verse is from the Koran, (the Islamic Bible)

Koran ( 9:11 ) - For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle.. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; And there was peace.

(Note the verse number!) Hmmmmmmm?!

Pass it on to everyone and pray.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Small Green Swap Bracelet

This is a bracelet made of 6˚ seed beads with 11˚ on clasp and decorative beads and a bell. It is for a Swap-Bot swap of colors. The color for the gal I am sending to is...you guessed it...green!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009

More Jewelry

The bracelet is for a favorite female of mine...will give it to her tomorrow. It is made of 6˚ seed beads with a polymer clay drop bead made for me by Gail Massey.

The two pins, made with found materials, are for two of my favorite women at church.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Cotton Country Anglican's View

This is a very good explanation of what is going on in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth...and across the country.

Cotton Country Anglican

I Cornithians 6:1-7:

1 If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints?
2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?
3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church![a]
5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?
6 But instead, one brother goes to law against another—and this in front of unbelievers!
7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?
8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Red and Purple Twisted Cable Bracelet

This is a twisted ladder stitch with peyote stitch for the clasp and an art glass bead. The bracelet is made of 11˚ seed beads. It's for a friend, indeed! This was a lot of fun to make.

Feast Day of St. Peter and St. Paul

The Epistle
2 Timothy 4:1-8

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Necklace for a Friend

Just finished this necklace. I love the colors. Center bead from Auntie's Beads in South Lake with 8 vintage beads.

Friday, May 29, 2009

A Novena...what is it?

I have received "novenas" from several friends who don't seem to understand the meaning of the word. While what they sent me is lovely and appreciated, this is what a novena really is.

Wikipedia tells us:

A novena is a devotion consisting of prayer said (most typically) on nine successive days, asking to obtain special graces. These may consist of small prayer books, recitation of the Rosary, or small prayers through the day. There are four recognized categories of Novenae, those of mourning, preparation, prayer, and those which are indulgenced, however, a given novena can belong to more than one of these categories.

The practice of saying novenas is derived from Scripture. After Jesus' Ascension into heaven, he told his disciples to pray together in the upper room and devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). The Apostles, Blessed Virgin Mary, and other followers of Jesus prayed together for nine consecutive days, concluding in the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

Though the novena is primarily a devotion used by members of the Catholic Church, it has spread to the Orthodox, Anglican, and even some Lutheran churches.

Here is an example:

Monday, May 25, 2009

Necklace for a Graduate

Necklace for a Graduate
Originally uploaded by SiouxCiySue
This one is going to a high school graduate for whom we are having a reception next Sunday after Mass. She is a wonderful young woman off to Texas A&M in the fall.

Again, a vintage button.

Friday, May 22, 2009

SwapBot Bracelet

SwapBot Bracelet
Originally uploaded by SiouxCiySue
I made this today for a Swap Bot jewelry swap. It's going to the Slovak Republic.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Interview with Journal Bliss author Violette

Violette in her kitchen

I am honored to interview Violette Clark, author of Journal Bliss. I was even more honored to visit Violette in her home outside Vancouver, British Columbia.

Here is what Violette had to say:

Question: What real person that you know personally was the greatest influence in your life and why?

Violette: Hmmmmm..........REAL PERSON???????? Well I am thinking it would be one of my mentors - Lawrence. He used to be an art marketing director. We volunteered together at a place for Street kids about 10 years ago. He created my first brochure for me. We were teaching arts and crafts to Street Kids (in a very casual way) and when things were quiet and the kids were either off in another room or intensely at work creating a bracelet I would doodle away. Lawrence would notice my art and ask me why I wasn't doing anything with it. I'd explain to him how I didn't really know how to promote myself or how to make a brochure or anything (oh, and by the way, did I have any talent at all???). So he set out to make my first brochure, all by hand - printing out photos of my art and writing copy and gluing everything down. He's the first "artistic person" who truly believed in me. Having someone who was so talented and who came from an art background go to bat for me like that touched me. He is mentioned on my gratitude page - I could never forget Lawrence for believing in me. Mentors are worth their weight in gold!

Question: What is your favorite color and how is the best you have used it in your art?

Violette: I have three favourite colours - chartreuse, orange and purple. My magic cottage is painted purple with chartreuse trim and my livingroom is painted with a bright orange faux finish (I know you've seen my home, Sioux!) - my home is my art, too, so I suppose that's my best use of those colours - I can enjoy them every day. They help me to feel juicy and jazzed on grey days. We have many grey days on the West Coast. These bright colours help lift my spirits!

Question: Where do you hope to be in five years with regard to your art?

Violette: Oh good question Sioux. In five years I hope to have a number of online classes, e-books and products, creativity packages, maybe even another book? My hope is to be living in a smaller town far away from traffic and closer to nature. Because of the internet and global access I can conduct my artful business anywhere. I am really a homebody at heart and love to work from my sanctuary. I might be doing some retreats as well but am not big on traveling too far to do them. Public Speaking, if I can get over my fear of talking to big crowds, might feature in my future, too. It's funny but I didn't have a five year plan. I had planned to publish a book which I have and it's almost as if the time line stops there. The possibility of inspiring people all over the world is greater now than ever with the internet so I can see using the net as a vehicle to teach, inspire and create more than I have in the past. It's all very exciting isn't it?

Thanks so much, Violette. You have inspired many, many people around the world, already, and we all wait anxiously to see what wonderful art you will create next!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Jewelry

This has been taking up a little of my time as I made these for the church's Crazy Hat Luncheon tomorrow. Also made two purple pillows and baked a red velvet cake. Enjoy!

Tomorrow an interview with Violette, author of Journal Bliss! Stay tuned!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Necklace for a special lady

Can't tell who this is for...at least not yet. Anyway, I am back in a jewelry-making mode and loving it. I'll put up some more photos soon.

I am on Facebook more than anywhere else, so if you want to contact me there, please do...just look to the right of this page to find my Facebook link.

Thanks to Terry for giving us such a beautiful anniversary tribute.

Love to all!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Past Lent

Lent is past as is the week after Easter, thus I am now trying to get back into the non-Lenten mode. Hard to do after 40 days...plus those Sundays and last week. But I had two ATC's to get done, so I decided it was now or never. The top one is called a Spoonful of Butterfly, and the bottom one is Out of Chaos. This was for Swap-bot. If you aren't in Swap-bot, it is a nice way to exchange art, and other things, around the world This was a butterfly ATC challenge. They are now winding their way to Missouri. Hope my partner likes them. Hope you do, too. You can't see it but both butterflies have been embossed.

See you soon!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Titmouse Bandit

The crazy titmice are trying to steal Poke's fur to make nests. They do this over and over again, and sometimes Poke doesn't even realize it! Poke is an 18-year-old, fat, mean-spirited cat. One of our granddaughters calls him the "hell cat" because we've always called him the "Cat from Hell". He is like a huge rag mop, who mostly looks sort of dead.

This is looking east from our patio door out toward our back yard...as you can see from the bird feeders, we really encourage the birds.

BTW, we have had humming birds for the best part of a week.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Originally uploaded by SiouxCiySue
Whatta ya think??

Double J Hacienda and Art Ranch is going again!

The historic Double J Hacienda & Art Ranch is a place where art and nature rendezvous with inspiration and soul. Located on twelve beautiful acres in the undiscovered Texas hill country 45 minutes west of Ft. Worth, the Art Ranch overlooks the Brazos (de Dios) River and the Palo Pinto Mountains outside Mineral Wells. This unique creative outpost hosts events, retreats, and workshops in art, music and well being. It is a modern-day Chautauqua, a place to gather for rejuvenation of body, mind, and spirit.

Here is a list of the upcoming events:


February 27 - March 4
Reclaiming Spring with The Power of Three:

Living Well With Ayurveda
The Spring Total Life Cleanse
Yoga Therapy Certification Course

March 7

Double J Music & Hashknife BBQ Night

Jimmy Baldwin

w/ Doug & Jill Bryan

Tickets: $25

March 26 - 29

Kadampa Meditation Center

Spring Retreat

Tranquil Abiding

April 4

Double J Music & Hashknife BBQ Night

Jimmy Baldwin & Special Guests

Tickets: $25

April 17 - 19

Women, Wisdom & Dreams: Accessing Feminine Wisdom During Times of Uncertaintyw/ Anne Scott of DreamWeather Foundation

May 2

Double J Music & Hashknife BBQ Night

Jimmy Baldwin & Special Guests

Tickets: $25


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