March 2018

sun with melting snow


  1. A church school teacher once asked her class of young boys if their fathers were Christians. One little fellow answered, “My father is a Christian but he is not practicing it at present.”
  2. “Who,” I inquired of an intelligent looking fellow, “will be the next president of the United States?” “Sir,” he responded, “if you don’t mind, I should like to try four years without one.”
  3. The public health service reports that there are about ten million overweight people in the United States. Those are round figures, of course.
  4. I am not going to bore you with a long speech. I can do it with a short one.
  5. Young man bragged, “I climbed Mt. Hood.” - Old man bragged, “I climbed out of bed.”


Don’t give up on anybody.

Eat slowly.

A fool can be popular.

Respect other people’s privacy.


From page 141 we learn about Harold Carswell:

“He was an architect in the firm of Cram and Ferguson and came from Boston in 1914 as a resident architect for the construction of the Cathedral. While living at the Inn he met his wife [Constance Burnham] and became a member of the New Church.”

And from page 142 we learn:

“Besides Harold Carswell there were five other artists and architects in the photograph who worked on the Cathedral and were resident in the Inn at that time. Among them were Parke Edwards and Louis Ewald. The two men met in the army, and when Raymond Pitcairn brought Parke Edwards to Bryn Athyn to do metal design work for the Cathedral Louis Ewald came with him. Edwards is most noted for designing the beautiful monel Cathedral keys. Ewald’s assignment was threefold: to paint some of the plaster models, to lay out schemes for the symbols used on the chancel, and to apply gilding. He was a skilled gold-leaf craftsman. Later, with a small crew, he would apply the gold finish to the statues of Joan of Arc and General Anthony Wayne that stand near the Art Museum in Philadelphia, as well as working on the interiors of 85 churches.

“From the Inn, the two friends moved into the old Fetters Mill on the Pennypack Creek. When Ewald married in 1920, Parke Edwards found other lodging in Jenkintown. Louis Ewald and his wife Evelyn lived on in the Mill for 53 years and are well remembered by their Bryn Athyn neighbors.”

Note: Thanks to the authors for allowing me to share this information with the worldwide readership of Sunshine Magazine. Vera P. Glenn, Doris A. Halterman and Janet D.A. Simons have meticulously put together a work of lasting historical value, for sure.


  1. Did you hear about the day that the computer at the office broke down and everyone had to think for themselves?
  2. My ex-husband and I just weren’t compatible. I’m a Capricorn and he’s a jerk.
  3. What did the calf say to the haystack? Are you my fodder?
  4. BANKER: Young man, you’ve asked me for a dollar every morning for the last six months. Why don’t you just hit me up for a couple of hundred dollars and get it over with?
    PANHANDLER: It seems imprudent to put all of one’s begs in one ask it.


“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” - Anne Frank

“Parents can only give good advice or put them [children] on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” - ibid

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” - Helen Keller


Folks rarely listen
To our words and talk,
But they see clearly
How we live and walk.

It takes a person
Wise and strong
To utter humbly:
“I was wrong.”

We can each make this
World a kinder place
By starting with a
Warm smile on our face.


Notice opportunities.

You don’t still need to be the class clown, when you are an adult.

Reach out in love.


“As you go down life’s road may the Lord grant you wisdom to take the right path, vision to see the way, strength to bear the miles, and a heart of courage for the journey. And, at the end, a spring of water to refresh your soul.” - Dorothy Linquist

When we meet challenges
that seem too high,
We need to take a
single step – and try. - William Arthur Ward

“Tact is the ability to see others as they see themselves.” - Abraham Lincoln

“Without forgiveness life is governed by…an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” - Robert Assagioli


Nothing is politically right that is morally wrong.

Don’t buy what you cannot use.

Take responsibility for your actions.

Omit needless words.


“It’s odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don’t quite fully share the hell of someone close to you.” - Lady Bird Johnson

“Let me live in my house by the side of the road. And be a friend to man.” - Sam Walter Foss


God of all:

May those who came to worship go with added happiness;
May those who came with fear and doubt go with new faith;
May those who came in sorrow leave with joy; and
May those who came to receive go to serve. Amen - Alec J. Langford

The late Bishop Quayle was an intimate friend of John Burroughs, the famous American naturalist, who was not a Christian, as we measure Christians. One day John Burroughs passed into eternity, and when Bishop Quayle heard of the death of his friend, he said, “Poor John, he loved the garden, but he never met the Gardener.” - Arthur J. Moore

A character in one of George Macdonald’s stories cries out in frustration, “I do not see why God ever made me”; to which her friend replies: “God hasn’t made you yet. He is making you and you do not like it.”


  1. Recently I was talking with a retired ANC school teacher. I mentioned the name of a certain bird and he/she broke out in a fine mimicking of, what I would say, was one sick crow or some distressed bird.

    This brought broad grins to both of our faces as we rejoiced in the liveliness of our brief imaginative chitchat!

  2. One day recently I did not take an umbrella with me on my daily walk and got dumped on by an unexpected deluge of rain.

    Quickly I headed to the nearest porch in my neighborhood and rang the doorbell. Sal answered the door and asked if he could help me. I suggested that he take me home in his truck and he did.

    Sal was born and grew up on a farm about 100 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal. Now he works for a company which lays asphalt on parking lots and driveways.

    I have liked Sal since we first met a few years ago. I appreciate his wisdom of life. Once at the end of a hot summer day as we talked outside of his home, he commented, “We might as well kiss this day goodbye.” I think he was relieved after laboring under the sun all day.

    And recently he asked me how I was and I commented, “I worry about things that never happen.” He responded, “Idle hands make [too] busy minds.”

  3. Jesse left a container of homemade brownies on my front porch step with the Valentine’s Day note: “From _ O S _ S.” Super fun, I thought.


I asked for strength that I might achieve; I was made weak that I learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy; I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life; I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered; I am, among all men, most richly blessed.