EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED!
Report #1: Poetry
Report #2: Congregational Life
Report #3: Every Day Is Earth
Report #3: Here’s To Your Health
Report #4: Floridians, How Do
You Like Your Government Now?
Report #5: Laughter Is The Best
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CELEBRATION OF LIFE
In the midst of hunger and war
celebrate the promise of plenty and peace.
In the midst of oppression and
celebrate the promise of service and freedom.
In the midst of doubt and despair
celebrate the promise of faith and hope.
In the midst of fear and betrayal
celebrate the promise of joy and loyalty.
In the midst of hatred and death
celebrate the promise of love and life.
In the midst of sin and decay
celebrate the promise of salvation and renewal
In the midst of death on every
celebrate the promise of the living Christ.
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summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are
singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent
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News Corp., founded
in 1922, is a media company that operates in the United Kingdom, United States,
continental Europe, Australia, Asia and Latin America. It has 51,000 employees and revenue of
$33 billion last year. Its
United States: Dow Jones Newswires, The Wall
Street Journal, New York Post and The
Daily, an electronic magazine designed for
the iPad and other tablets.
United Kingdom: The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun.
Australia: 146 papers, including The Australian, and The Daily Telegraph in Sydney and the Herald Sun in
Produces shows, such as Bones, Glee, The Simpson and Modern Family
Owns and operates 27 TV stations, including in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Owns Fox Broadcasting,
which has and broadcasts American
Idol, NASCAR races, and National Football League and Major League
Channels include Fox News, Fox Sports Net, FX, Speed nad
Owns 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight
Film and TV library
Owns rights to top-grossing films, such as Avatar,
Titanic and the Star Wars series.
TV programs include 24, Boston Legal, The Mary Tyler
Moore Show, M*A*S*H,
Hill Street Blues, Ally McBeal, In Living Color and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.
Owns HarperCollins, which published such best sellers as Going
Rogue by Sarah Palin, Game Chamge by John Hellermann and Mark Halperin, The
Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, and Where
the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Owns IGN Entertainment
Source: Standard &
Poor’s Capital IQ
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child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call
your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you. ~Erma
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SON OF MAYOR WAS LIKE
FATHER TO MANY
WILLIAM H. BEARDALL
By Jeff Kunerth
In their family cabin outside Asheville, N.C., the Beardall clan gathers around a large
table designed both for meals and ping-pong.
It is 15 feet long and 7 feet wide and was built by William
Hamer Beardall in the 1940s when good lumber was scarce. The wood Beardall used was green and,
when it dried, produced a rough surface with gaps between the boards, which
added an element of the lucky bounce to family ping-pong games.
“It made for a particularly challenging game,” said his son
Bill Beardall Jr., 57, of Austin, Texas.
William H. Beardall, 87, of Winter Park, died July 7 of complications
related to Alzheimer’s disease.
He may be best known as the son of William Beardall, Orlando
mayor from 1940-1952. But he will
be best remembered for his dedication to children – his own and others.
A lawyer by profession, William H. Beardall coached youth
baseball for 22 years. He helped
found the Orlando Youth Center in the 1960s and served on the board of the
Orlando Boys Club. He was youth
fellowship leader at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando from 1962 to 1972.
Beardall and his wife of 62 years, Mary, opened their home
to boys who were having problems at home or run-ins with the law. He helped some of them finish high
school and attend college. Their
friendship continued into their adulthood and right up until his death.
“A number of them became second sons. He became the father figure they
identified with and became members of our family,” Bill Beardall said.
William H. Beardall coached his youth baseball teams with
the same sense of fairness, concern and compassion that he raised his three
sons and two daughters. His best
players – often his own sons – had to sit out so others could play. Everybody on William H. Beardall teams
played, no matter their ability.
“His teams won titles, but it was more important to him to
be fair and see all his kids played.
It was his innate sense of fairness,” said his son John Beardall, 54 of
William H. Beardall was the kind of man who would make
rubber-band guns for his sons – and when other kids from the neighborhood
showed up, he’d make some for them, too. And when the other kids aimed their
rubber bands at his youngest son, Hal, he took a pedal-powered go-kart and
turned it into the equivalent of a wooden armored tank.
“He liked children, but he was always looking to protect the
youngest children,” John Beardall said.
For his sons, Beardall built forts. For his daughters, he built
playhouses. When a granddaughter
developed an interest in birds, he built her a backyard aviary.
He took the same carpentry skills and built five Habitat for
Humanity houses with his church, and then brought his hammer and saw with him
on missionary work in Peru, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
For his burial in the family plot at Orlando’s Greenwood
Cemetery, William H. Beardall’s children selected a casket they felt best
represented their father. The
construction was simple and unadorned.
The workmanship was the finest craftsmanship. It was hand-made by monks in Iowa.
“We think it would appeal to him that Trappist monks would
spend time and effort on something that was well constructed, but leaves out
all the adornments and all the frills,” John Beardall said. “This is the kind of a man he was.”
William Hamer Beardall is survived by his wife, Mary;
daughters Mary Hoffmann of DeLand, Laura McLeod of Orlando; sons William Jr. of
Austin, Texas, John of Winter Park, Hal of Tallahassee; brother, Jon Beardall
of St. Cloud; 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Robert Bryant Funeral Home, Orlando, is handling
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women. They're two of the strongest things in the world. The things
you do for a woman you wouldn't do for anything else. Same with
money. ~Satchel Paige
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THE LONELINESS FACTOR
Mobility – Bigness – Plurality of Ideas – Privacy
This is that sense of isolation and unrest that flows from
our fast pace mobility as we lose our sense of family-roots-identity and
support, as we become no name persons and numbers within a system of bigness,
as we have great difficulty sorting out the overload of information and
ideologies and faiths and values that call for our allegiance. Indeed, this pluralism of ideas and
dizzy pace and bigness may be one of the main reasons why we seek more and more
privacy and are willing more and more to delegate power to leaders so we can do
our own thing. This same bigness
in technology and production seems hell bent to keep the GNP high by convincing
us that we need everything in order to be self-sufficient. As Philip Slater has said:
is easy to produce examples of the many ways in which Americans try to
minimize, circumvent, or deny the interdependence upon which all human societies
are based. We seek a private
house, a private means of transportation, a private garden, a private laundry,
self service stores, and do it yourself skills of every kind. An enormous technology seems to have
set itself the task of making it unnecessary for one human being ever to ask
anything of another in the course of going about his or her daily
business. Even within the family,
Americans are unique in their feeling that each member should have a separate
room, and even a separate telephone, television, and car, when economically
possible. We seek more and more
privacy, and feel more and more alienated and lonely when we get it.
Our highways and railroads divide, our economics divide
(inner city and suburbs), our armed services and business call for moving, our
housing is for nuclear family, schools and government are located away from the
BLUES – GRIEF:
These are the painful feelings of emotional separation that
come in the many goodbyes we say: in children leaving home; friends moving
away; retirement; divorce; and the death of a loved one. Accordingly loneliness at the time of
the death of a loved one is one aspect of the shock, anger, depression spectrum
When we add up all these types of loneliness, the common
factors in all them seem to be a longing for love and communication, for unity
and understanding, for worthwhile and creative work with others. The longing for love and purposeful
work with others and with God.
The Hidden Costs and
Stress carries the cost-dangers of distress and the healthy
stretching of mind and body by necessary stress. Loneliness also has pitfalls and potentialities.
The Pitfalls Are Many
This longing for communication and unity, for acceptance by
others and The Other, is such a great longing that we will often seek to
kill or deaden that pain by:
activity / work
inability or unwillingness to say no
of genuine care as an overture for love and marriage.
unrealistic demands on others
“yes” persons always seeking to please significant others
of admitting failure or being vulnerable
distress and disease that often flows from the above.
The challenge is to discern from the various types of
loneliness that which we should seek to avoid, endure, or positively take up
The Potentials Are Great
Loneliness can lead us to:
-enter our loneliness and to
discover from that purgation new depths and fresh creative powers
new and creative heights
the pain of our loneliness pierces the very deepest and tenderest part of our
heart, we, writhing in pain, might for once in our life sing a song so
beautiful that the world will stop and listen, and God will smile. From the fiery chaos inside us we can
give birth to a star.”
I think it was the late Carl
Rogers who said that “the most personal is also the most universal.”
In the experience of our own lonely hearts we can recognize the threads
that bind all of us. Loneliness
can be the force that helps sensitize us to the needs and hurts and yearnings
the safety of a gathered community
In the study of loneliness by
Robert Weiss, he sees loneliness as a mechanism to keep us from
Loneliness is seen as
a driving force for folks gathering in communities and villages which has
spin off of being a protective
edge of faith in the Infinite, Ultimate, the most significant Other.
There are no instant solutions to the pitfalls of
loneliness, nor is there an instant assimilation of the potentials of
loneliness. Within our lives we
are called to develop patterns of life which will help us cope with the pain of
loneliness and to turn the potentiality into a creative force. Accordingly, the following are gathered
recommendations as to how one might deal with Alienation, Restlessness,
Rootlessness and Blues loneliness.
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vacation should be just long enough for the boss to miss you, and not long
enough for him to discover how well he can get along without you.
JACOB MORTON BRAUDE, Complete Speaker's and Toastmaster's Library
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The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me lie down and do push-ups. He giveth me sodium-free bread. He restoreth my waistline. He leadeth me past the refrigerator for
mine own sake. He maketh me
partake of green leaves, instead of potatoes. He leadeth me past the pizzeria.
Yea, though I walk through the bakery, I shall not falter,
for Thou art with me. With diet
colas I am comforted. Thou
prepareth a diet for me in the presence of my enemies. Thou anointest my lettuce with low-cal
My cup shall not overflow. Surely Ry-Krisp and D-Zerta shall follow me all the days of
my life. And, I shall live with
the pangs of hunger forever. Amen.