APRIL 2015

Sun with clouds


1. From Alfie:

“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.”

(To this Alfie added): Did you hear about the latest NASA space adventure? They put a bull, a cow and a calf into orbit around the Earth. It is known as “the herd shot round the world.”

2. A minister was asked to inform a man with a heart condition that he had inherited a million dollars. Everyone was afraid that the shock would cause him to have a heart attack and the man would die. The minister went to the man’s house and said, “Joe, what would you do if you inherited a million dollars?” Joe responded, “Well, Pastor, I think that I would give half of it to the church.” And the minister fell over dead.

3. The good news told to the pastor was that the church trustees had decided to add more parking space. The bad news is that they are going to blacktop the front lawn of the parsonage.


“It’s very beautiful over there.” These are Thomas Edison’s last words after briefly awakening from a two-day coma before he died.

“Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.” - Diana Robinson

“I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It’s a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It’s not something that happens overnight. It’s an evolution of the heart.”- Sue Monk Kidd

“There is no man, whate’er his trade may be
Who can work well, and do it hastily.” - Geoffrey Chaucer

“Honesty is the best policy.” - Cervantes

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.” - Thomas Jefferson

“If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.” - Socrates


You decide to procrastinate and then never get around to doing the intended project.

You look forward to a dull evening.

You sit in a rocking chair and can’t get it going.

AMERICA by Samuel Francis Smith

My country, ‘tis of thee – Sweet land of liberty – Of thee I sing – Land where my fathers died – Land of the pilgrim’s pride. – From every mountain-side – Let freedom ring….

Our fathers’ God, to Thee – Author of liberty – To Thee we sing – Long may our land be bright – With Freedom’s holy light – Protect us by Thy might – Great God, our King. (First and last verses)


There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream – The earth, and every common sight – To me did seem – Apparelled in celestial light – The glory and the freshness of a dream. – It is not now as it hath been of yore – Turn wheresoe’er I may – By night or day – The things which I have seen I now can see no more….

And O, ye Fountains, Meadows, Hills, and Groves – Forebode not any severing of our loves! – Yet in my heart of hearts I feel your might – I only have relinquished one delight – To live beneath your more habitual sway. – I love the Brooks which down their channels fret – Even more than when I tripped lightly as they – The innocent brightness of a new-born Day – Is lovely yet – The Clouds that gather round the setting sun – Do take a sober coloring from an eye – That hath kept watch o’er man’s mortality – Another race hath been, and other palms are won. – Thanks to the human heart by which we live – Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears – To me the meanest [undistinguished, humble] flower that blows can give – Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears. (First and last verses)


“…and all purification from evils, or regeneration, goes on perpetually, not only in the world, but also perpetually in the other life.” - Emanuel Swedenborg (Arcana Coelestia no. 10209)

“If others say how good you are, ask yourself if it is true.” - Anon


“Mock not at those who are misshapen by nature.”

“Charity begins at home but should not end there.”

“‘Tis better to suffer wrong than to do it.”

“A good friend is my nearest relative.”

“He is my friend who speaks well of me behind my back.”

“Prayer: the key of the day and the lock of the night.”

“Bad excuses are worse than none.”

“Get the facts or the facts will get you. And when you get em, get em right….”

“Health is not valued until sickness comes.”


In the passageway between the Choir Hall and the Nave there is a door leading to the tower steps. The door is framed with monel metal and the glass was spun on the end of a blowpipe. It was spun out by centrifugal force and flattened into a disk. Where it is broken off of the blowpipe, there is a rough section in the center of the glass. It is often called “Bull’s Eye Glass” and is a “Spun Roundel.”

Each step to the Tower is one piece of limestone that had been quarried in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Visitors are usually interested in learning that one piece of stone forms each step and also forms part of the wall of the stairwell.

In the Handbook of Information on page 17 we read about the reasons for the Tower’s spiral stairway. “The spiral is symbolic of the process of regeneration. As far as the chancel-aisle roof it turns from left to right, while above it turns from right to left. The former represents progress during the process of regeneration from truth to good, while the latter is significant of progress from good to truth after regeneration.”

Here is more enlightenment given through Emanuel Swedenborg: “When a man is being regenerated the affection of truth has the lead, for he is affected with truth for the sake of good; but when he has been regenerated the affection of good has the lead, and from good he is affected with truth.” (AC 1904)

When referring to the spiral stairway, Gunny said, “And this was done for a symbolic reason. It symbolizes the idea that we have to be turned from the love of self and the world to a love of the Lord and the love of the neighbor.”


What part of “Thou shalt not” don’t you understand?

The best vitamin for a Christian is B1.


Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” Perhaps he based this thought on Francis Bacon’s statement, written 400 years earlier, “Nothing is to be feared, but fear itself.”

A group of kangaroos is a mob or troop and a group of cats is a clowder.

Johnny Unitas, former quarterback with the Baltimore Colts, set a record which may never be broken, which was, forty-seven consecutive games with a touchdown pass from the quarterback.

The Executive Mansion in Washington was first referred to as the White House when Theodore Roosevelt began to use that name on his stationary in 1901.


One good laugh is worth a hundred groans.

Love of the neighbor is a gift.

Learn from other’s mistakes.

Don’t complain.

Don’t ask for too much.

Whining does not solve problems.

Go where there is no path and leave a trail.


A fault confessed is half redressed.

A generous confession disarms slander.

The heart does not love all that the mouth says.

Prioritize before you start work.

Bad temper bites at both ends. It makes one’s self nearly as miserable as it does other people.

One of the worst things to do to a child is to embarrass him or her.

Just being around some people can make you happy or miserable.


1. After a Sunday morning service, Jim announced that to his father, “Dad, I’ve decided to become a minister when I grow up.” “That’s okay with me, but what made you decide that?” “Well,” said the boy, “I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, so I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit down and be quiet.”

2. Once an airplane passenger actually called a reservation agent and asked her for the departure time of the “9:36 flight to Baltimore.”

3. A pilot’s wise thoughts:

“Takeoffs are optional. Landings are mandatory.”
“It’s best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.”


January 16, 1941

1.Those who would like to send donations of money, large or small, to help out in the defense of Britain, will find glass banks at the Station, at Smith’s Store, and at Friday Supper, for the next two weeks.

2. Mr. Norris Ballou, of Washington, was a visitor here last weekend. He is the son of Franklin Ballou, one of the founders of the Academy.

3. The Bryn Athyn Bridge Team, captained by Col. Wells, took a lead of 2340 points over the Churchville Four….

January 23, 1941 Mr. Frank Penrose Croft, father of our Fire Chief, Mr. Samuel Croft 2th, died of a heart attack while on a trip to New York last Saturday. Apart from being President of Croft & Allen Company, the Philadelphia candy manufacturers, he had served a term as State Senator from Montgomery County, and had been a candidate for the governorship in 1922 and 1926.

March 6, 1941 Many tasks within my own four walls were neglected last weekend, for Don Rose’s new book, “My Own Four Walls” was difficult to lay aside. The book is published by Doubleday Doran and sells for $2.oo, has 277 pages….

May 15, 1941 Mr. and Mrs. Arturo Toscanini were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Pitcairn last Wednesday.

May 15,1941 The Bryn Athyn Sons will hold their Annual Meeting at the home of Mr. Carl Asplundh on Sunday evening, May 18, at 8.