Dragonfly Treasure: 2012-01-29
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Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

Friday, February 3, 2012

Woman and a Fork

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live.  So as she  was getting her things 'in order,' she contacted her Pastor  and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of  her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like  read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly  remembered something very important to her.

'There's one more thing,' she said excitedly.

'What's that?' came the Pastor's reply.

'This is very important,' the young woman continued.
'I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.'

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

That surprises you, doesn't  it?' the young woman asked.

'Well, to be honest, I'm  puzzled by the request,' said the Pastor.

The young woman explained.  'My Grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.  In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared,  someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.'  It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming...like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie.  Something wonderful, and with substance!'

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want  them to wonder 'What's with the fork?'  Then I want you to tell them: 'Keep your fork ...
The best is yet to come.'

The Pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye.  He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did.  She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge.  She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they  saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand.  Over and over, the Pastor heard the question,  'What's with the fork?'  And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died.  He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her.  He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them  that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right.  So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.  Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed.  They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.  Cherish the time you have and the memories you share.  Being friends with someone is not an opportunity, but a sweet responsibility. 

 
 And just remember...keep your fork! 

The BEST is yet to come!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Road Trip ~ Part 3

After gawking at all the Seals
it was time for some serious beach combing.
(you may want to escape now due to the amount of photos!)




and a little "rock" climbing...er balancing for T ;)


Lovin' Cody's hat


aww a poor Jellyfish
Don't touch!


Dawn's grand kids go gaga for seashells!


I go gaga for wildlife footprints!
the intersection



too funny how they go around the small rocks







The tide was out so we were able to see lots of mussels attached to rocks





a seashell


 rush hour traffic!



underwater patterns


Neighborhood Watch




  Sandpipers







love their beaks!



marker 17


yup, more prints
(hey you were warned!)


pattern's in the sand


rusty pipe embedded in a rock
cool!


Tide's coming in
time to hit the road!


If you sat through all of these I applaud you!

 

Monday, January 30, 2012

The most bizarre true murder Mystery ever

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Murder Mystery  (true  story)
For those who  have served on a jury...this one is something to think  about. Just when you think you have heard  everything!!           Do you like to  read a good murder mystery?  Not even Law and Order  would attempt to capture this mess. This is an  unbelievable twist of fate!           
    At the 1994  annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, (AAFS)  President, Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience  with the legal complications of a bizarre death. Here is  the  story:          On March  23,1994, the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald  Opus and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to  the head. Mr. Opus had jumped from the top of a  ten-story building intending to commit  suicide.
    He left a note  to the effect indicating his despondency. As he fell  past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a  shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him  instantly.      Neither the  shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety net had  been installed just below the eighth floor level to  protect some building workers and that Ronald Opus would  not have been able to complete his suicide the way he  had  planned.      The room on the  ninth floor, where the shotgun blast emanated, was  occupied by an elderly man and his wife. They were  arguing vigorously and he was threatening her with a  shotgun! The man was so upset that when he pulled the  trigger, he completely missed his wife, and the pellets went through the window, striking Mr. Opus.
    When one intends  to kill subject 'A' but kills subject ' B ' in the  attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject ' B.' 
    When confronted  with the murder charge, the old man and his wife were  both adamant, and both said that they thought the  shotgun was not loaded The old man said it was a  long-standing habit to threaten his wife with the  unloaded shotgun. He had no intention to murder her. Therefore the killing of Mr. Opus appeared to be an  accident; that is, assuming the gun had been  accidentally  loaded. 
    The continuing  investigation turned up a witness who saw the old  couple's son loading the shotgun about six weeks prior  to the fatal accident. It transpired that the old lady  had cut off her son's financial support and the son,  knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun  threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that  his father would shoot his  mother. 
    Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty of the  murder even though he didn't actually pull the trigger.  The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald  Opus. 
    Now comes the  exquisite  twist.... 
 Further  investigation revealed that the son was, in fact, Ronald  Opus.  He had become  increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt  to engineer his mother's murder.  This led him to jump off the ten-story building on March 23rd, only to be  killed by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth  story  window.
    The son, Ronald Opus, had actually murdered himself.  So the medical  examiner closed the case as a  suicide.
A true story from  Associated  Press.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Road Trip ~ Pt 2

After "visiting" the otters we drove to a little beach nearby.

A group of Seals were out having fun in the sun.
It was so neat to see so many together in the water like that.


Two went off by themselves..hmm



They just wanted to play


spin


and twirl.
That's a tail sticking up!




Lots of birds out and about too.



The a boat came by

and another the other way!


They created quite a wake and the Seals dispersed... :(


A Pelican!


A Duck!


Aha, there's our little friend!!!


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