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You know that you a senior citizen when:

A. Your grandkids visit you and tell you what they are studying in history, and you remember studying the same subjects in current-events class.

B. You look forward to a dull evening.

C. You realize that it costs more for a postage stamp than it used to cost to see a matinee movie.

D. You enter your bank PIN number into the microwave oven.

A husband complained to his wife, “Where does all the grocery money go?” “Stand sideways and look in the mirror,” she responded.

I am not saying that my wife is jealous, but the other night she couldn’t find a single blonde hair on my clothes. “So,” she screamed, “Now you are running around with a bald-headed woman!”

Sign on a Veterinarian’s office: Back in five minutes. Sit! Stay!

Sign on a Computer store: Out for a quick byte.

Where does a baseball player go when he needs a new uniform? New Jersey


The wise learn from history.

Be on guard against a sense of self-importance.

Forgive those who hurt you.

Do not expect money to bring you happiness.


Occasionally I mention in Sunshine magazine Alfie Sandstrom’s monthly contributions to its publication on the internet. So now allow me to thank him with the publication of one of his poems. The background of this poem is that a long time ago his brother, Rev. Erik Sandstrom, gave Alfie an Aussie hat – the type with one side turned up. He wore the hat for many years while vacationing at his cabin in a lake district in New Hampshire.

One day while piloting a sail boat a wind arose suddenly and blew off Alfie’s beloved hat. Unfortunately it sank in the deepest part of the lake, never to be seen again. So Alfie composed a poem to his hat!

Born on Australia’s faraway shore
The hat from my brother to me did soar
With left brim up and the other in place
With corks on strings to keep flies off my face

Oh my hat, my beautiful hat
Of beauty and grace you did partake
Oh, my hat, my beautiful hat
Resting on the bottom of Pemmigewasset Lake

p.s. If I hadn't removed those irritating corks, the hat probably would have floated! A.D.S.


“Let not cares, riches, pleasures of the world, choke the heart, which was formed to contain the love of God….” - Edward B. Pusey

“Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed – But yet in love He sought me – And on His shoulder gently laid – And home rejoicing brought me.” - Sir Henry W. Baker


A mechanic after a hard day at work was playing with his son, throwing and catching a baseball with him. A neighbor noticed them playing and called out to the man, “Bill, aren’t you tired?” “Why, yes, of course I am.” To which his neighbor called out again, “Well, why are you playing with your son?” “Oh,” the man replied, “I’d rather have a backache now than a heartache later on.”

William Allen White gave the city of Emporia, Kansas, a public park of fifty acres as a memorial to his daughter. He directed that it was not to bear his name. When he handed the deed to the mayor, he said, “This is the last kick in a fist full of dollars I am getting rid of today. I have always tried to teach you that there are three kicks in every dollar, one when you make it…. The second kick is when you have it…. The third kick comes when you give it away….The biggest kick is in the last one.” It was a way of saying that the successful, happy life is the giving life.


“Our religion begins at home, but it does not stay at home. Jesus did not heal the last person in one town before He healed he first person in the next town. Ours is a begin-at-home religion but not a stay-at-home religion.” - Roland Schloerb

The French critic Vinet once wrote: “Most friends of truth love it as Frederick the Great loved music. It used to be said of him that, strictly speaking, he was not fond of music but of the flute, and not indeed fond of the flute but of his flute.” It is a sad and tragic thing when our love of truth is confined to our own flute. - Harold A. Bosley

“Look in compassion, O heavenly Father, upon this troubled and divided world. Though we cannot trace thy footsteps or understand thy working, give us grace to trust thee with an undoubting faith; and when thine own time is come, reveal, O Lord, that new heaven and new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness, where the Prince of Peace ruleth….” - Charles John Vaughan (1816-1897)


  1. On Tuesday October 6, Dorothy and I watched a 1936 movie on TV with the title of Rose-Marie. It starred Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. She was born in Philadelphia at 5123 Arch Street in 1903 and was raised as a Christian Scientist.

    Nelson Eddy lived from 1901 until 1967. After his parents divorced, he and his mother moved to Philadelphia. Here, as a young man, he worked at various jobs. And for ten years he worked as a newspaper reporter, including service to the Public Ledger and the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.

    It is interesting to note that the newspaper columnist, Donald F. Rose, 1890-1964, was a long-time writer for the Ledger and Bulletin, after Nelson Eddy’s days there.

  2. On September 3, Dorothy tried to kill a spider on the ceiling over our bed at 4:30 a.m. But she lost her balance and fell onto the floor, fracturing the humerus bone in her arm.

    It was truly amazing to me to see how alert the doctors were at the emergency rooms at Abington Hospital very early in the morning. I mentioned this to the attending physician, Dr. Theodorson, as we shook hands, and he grinned saying that, “I have to be ready to work at 6:00 a.m.” He has my admiration, for sure.

    I prefer not to see any types of bodily injures especially so very early in the morning. Anyway the tincture of time is healing Dorothy’s arm without medical help. In fact, yesterday, October 6, Adam, our young neighbor, let her take a few swings with his hockey stick on the road in front of our home.

  3. Recently I went food shopping at the Acme. However when I got to the store I forgot what I was supposed to buy. So I walked up to an employee and asked her if she knew what I came to buy. She pulled a few pieces of paper out of her pocket and said that she could not find my list. So I walked away in silence and soon remembered that I came to buy Dove bars. When this same employee checked me out at the cash register, we exchanged a few playful comments. No, I am not getting forgetful – I have always been so in certain areas of my memory. Also, as you can see, I try to enjoy my days with a little fun.


“…and He that hath conquered for us shall conquer in us.” - Robert Leighton

“There is no lovelier way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.” - Helen Keller

“It may be that recollections of the past hinder you, but you must reject them; anxious thoughts may arise, put them away; your faults seem to raise up a barrier, but no past faults can separate a loving heart from God.” - H. L. Lear

“Enjoying each other’s good is heaven begun.” - Lucy C. Smith

“The hands that tend the sick tend Christ; the willing feet that go on errands of love, work for Christ; the words of comfort to the sorrowful, and of sympathy to the mourner, are spoken in the name of Christ – Christ comforts the world through His friends. How much have you done for Him? What sort of a friend have you been to Him? God is working through His people; Christ is succoring through His friends – it is the vacancies in the ranks of His friends wherein the mischief lies; come and fill one gap.” - Arthur F. Ingram, 1858-1946

“Love is life, and lovelessness is death. As the grace of God changes a man’s heart and cleanses and sanctifies him, this is the great evidence of the change, this is the great difference that it makes; that he begins to grow in love, to lay aside self-seeking, and to live for others – and so he may know that he has passed from death unto life….” - Francis Paget, 1851-1911


Appreciate all the good times.

Ask for advice when you think that you need it.

Live in the present.

Enjoy the life you are given.


Love only can the conquest win,
The strength of sin subdue;
Come, O my Savoir, cast out sin,
And form my soul anew.

Charles Wesley, 1707-1788


I have a feeling of happiness when I recall the expressed love for people in the personalities of the former pastors Louis King and Jeremy Simons. Also I recall the 25-year reign of a pastor who frequently failed to show leadership, I believe. This happened at those many times when he seemed to choose a heavy-handed “I know what is best” dominating approach to problems rather than to step aside and let the Lord reign in His kingdom on earth among men and women. This pastor seemed to have a deep-seated psychological need to be “the boss” and also he seemed to be uncomfortable around people – not a good combination to be a successful priest especially to be a New Church priest. And I recall another pastor whose emotions sometimes seemed to be uncontrolled by truth, rising above an intellect often limited by trite, shallow phrases and ideas. He seemed irrational at times like an enthusiast spirit who, I believe, did bring harm to the church. To the extent that later, after his time as pastor of the Bryn Athyn Church, he motivated the expansion of the college, I would say that he damn near destroyed the church financially. As for the current pastor it is too soon for me to judge but he certainly seems to respond to the call of use, with faithfulness and vigor. These are just my opinions, friends, bold and strong as they are.


A good example is the best sermon.

A sunny disposition can brighten a cloudy day.


October 19, 1944 This year, the Sixty-seventh anniversary of the Academy, the banquet was well attended. Some 330 tickets were sold…. The toastmaster, Mr. Carl Asplundh, presented a novel idea, that as this was really the Academy’s birthday, we should celebrate it with a birthday party. Just then a tremendous cake with sixty-seven candles was wheeled into the room. Everyone received a piece….Then the real gift was presented in the form of a Memorial to Professor Frederick Adam Finkeldey of a Science Fund. Mr. Raymond Pitcairn read the Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors in which they commemorated Prof. Finkeldey as a friend and a colleague.

August 16, 1945 About 90 people attended the corn roast at the Pond last Saturday evening. The corn was very good and the entertainment was also good. There was singing accompanied by ukuleles. These were played by Mr. Harold Sellner and Mr. George Lindsay.

October 11, 1945 The best time to call Mr. [William] Cooper to let him know that you are not going to Church and that you wish your place to be given to another is on Sunday morning between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Call the Cathedral, 0266.

January 10, 1946 Pearl Buck was a recent visitor at the Cathedral and Academy Library.

January 31, 1946 Martin Pryke states that in coming over in his seventeen-day Liberty Ship trip someone had made the remark that he could have written a book on the trip….

February 21, 1946 Adolf Betti, formerly of the Flonzali Quartet and well-known here, left for Italy during the war. He has become mayor of his hometown in Italy.

March 21, 1946. The Sons entertained about seventy veterans at their dinner Sunday evening at the Club. The entertainment consisted of speeches by representatives from each branch of [military] service. Michael Pitcairn took a group picture of the boys after dinner.