A Boy Named Heidi

A Boy Named Heidi

My grandson is seven.  A seven-year old knows the difference between boys and girls.  They have entered that “age of reason”, in which they question and try to successfully think for themselves.  They have formed opinions and know what they like and dislike.  Little boys for the most part still like hanging out with the boys.  Little girls with their quiet and “girlie” ways seem very foreign to a boy of seven.

My grandson is no different than other boys his age.  He likes Ninja Turtles, super heroes, speed boats and robots.  He started second grade last month basking in the carefree world of class time and playing with pals at recess.  Then something happened last week that stopped him in his tracks.

He got home from school one day last week wearing a most serious face and announced to his mother, “Guess what I found out today.”  His mother could not imagine what brought about such a long face on her happy-go-lucky kid.  He cried out, “MY NEW FRIEND IS A GIRL!”  She wanted to laugh, but her little boy looked devastated.  She held back the giggles and asked him what was the name of this new friend.  He replied, “His name is Heidi.”

My daughter grew up watching Shirley Temple movies.  They were a favorite at our house, especially “Heidi”.  So at first she was not understanding why her little boy had mistaken a girl named Heidi for a boy.  My grandson explained that he had not heard that name before and “besides, he looks like a boy and he talks like a boy!”, he explained.   She lovingly smiled and asked her son how after three weeks of playing with Heidi at recess, he had finally understood that Heidi was a girl.  He said matter-of-factly, “He told me he was!”.

She could hold back the giggle no longer.  Her son did not understand what his mom thought was so funny.  He found the entire situation to be humiliating and expected his mom to be outraged that her little man was the victim of a very serious con job.  He began to explain to his mom that this girl had a haircut like a boy.  “HE LOOKS LIKE A BOY!”, he insisted.  Mom told him that he obviously liked playing with Heidi and so he should continue to play with her at recess.  “And for goodness sake, stop calling HER a HE!”.

I love this story.  It lets me know that even with all the talk about “gender identity” and “gender confusion” by adults; children, in their innocence understand that we all are created male or female.  There are still stereotypes of what males and females look like and act like.  Heidi sounds like she is “tomboyish”.  She does not fit the stereotype, but she understands that she is a girl.  She is a girl who likes short hair and rough-housing with the boys at recess.

Unfortunately the world will try to shed our children and grandchildren from their innocence and the truth.  The truth is that everyone one of us is special and made by God in His image.  God does not make mistakes.  From the time we are conceived, our gender has been decided and cannot be reversed.

Jeremiah 1:5  “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you..”



His Eye is on the Sparrow

ginger leighToday’s Gospel (Matthew 6:24-34) reminds me of a painting I purchased from artist Ginger Leigh and her story behind the painting.

A couple of years ago I fell in love with a Ginger Leigh folk art painting of two sparrows.  Ginger graciously relayed to me the inspiration behind her sparrow art.  She told me that her mother and father are a part of her art team.  Her father puts together the wood pieces on which she paints, and her mother helps with the painting.  Working together has enriched their father-daughter relationship and made them especially close.

She went on to say that the previous year, her father suffered a heart attack.  Luckily it was mild and he fully recovered; but she told me when it first happened, she was very frightened.  While at the hospital and under a nurse’s care, Ginger heard her father explain to the nurse that God must have been watching over him.  The nurse recalled the words to the gospel song, “For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”  Her father enjoyed hearing those words and told the nurse that when he was young, his nickname was “Sparrow”.  Ginger was very surprised.  As close as she and her father were, she had never heard of that nickname.

The words of the song struck a chord with her.  She then researched the inspiration of the song and was inspired to create her lovely sparrow art.  Ginger told me that I should read the history of the song; she said it was a wonderful story.  I did – and it is!

The song was written by Civilla Martin in 1905.  Civilla and her husband were travelingin New York and stayed at a boarding house owned by Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle.  Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for about twenty years and her husband was confined to a wheelchair.  Despite their obvious afflictions, the couple was happy and a delight to be around.  Civilla’s husband asked the couple for their secret. Mrs. Doolittle simply replied: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”  Two days later, Civilla wrote a poem inspired by Mrs. Doolittle’s words.  These words were put to music by composer Charles H. Gabriel.

“Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart by lonely, and long for heaven and home,

When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy

I sing because I’m free

For His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.”

We often forget the words of Jesus: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?”

Jesus, I Trust in You!

C’est Bon,






Jesus’ Angel

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Luke 1:26 “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. He had a message for a girl promised in marriage to a man named Joseph who was  a descendant of King David. The girl’s name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, “Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!”.”

Before God created man, He created the heavens and all things visible and “invisible”.  The angels were in existence long before man walked the earth.  Throughout the Bible the angels are seen as messengers and protectors.  They adore, glorify and praise the Creator.  These angels play a vital role in the journey of mankind.  As Catholics, we believe people are given a guardian angel from the moment of conception.  An angel to help protect and guide us on our journey back…

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Which baby has more rights?

1 collageMy hometown has a University Research Center which specializes in the breeding, management and importation of a diverse range of nonhuman primate species for the purpose of research aimed at promoting human and animal quality of life.  There are about 6000 nonhuman primates residing on a 100 acre site with indoor and outdoor cages.  The research began in 1984 and was expanded in 1990 to include bio medical research  and the efficacy evaluation of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology products.

In April of this year, the US Department of Agriculture filed a complaint against the Research Center for violations leading to the death of 1 primate, injuries to another, and the escape of 5 primates.  These violations occurred between 2012 and 2014.  The violations sited are the mishandling of a rhesus monkey that resulted in a fracture to the animal’s arm and a separate violation for failure to diagnose the injury for 5 days,  and a design defect which resulted in the death of a macaque when its hand was trapped between one of the bars of the cage and another piece of equipment.  SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now), a national animal welfare group is calling for stiff federal penalties.  SAEN was founded in 1996 and has a mission to end the abuse of animals in laboratories.  There are occasionally protesters at the Research Center, animal rights activists who are opposed to the use of animals for research.  These protests are always covered by the media.

In 2013, the Research Center paid out $38,571 in fines over the death of 3 rhesus macaques and an injury to a chimpanzee.

Since 1973 and the decision of Roe vs. Wade, there has been legalized and regulated research which involves aborted fetuses.  In 1974 the National Research Act created a national commission to oversee research involving fetuses.  In 1988, NIH Scientists requested approval from HHS to begin transplantation experiments using fetal brain tissue.  HHS approved but imposed a temporary moratorium on federal funds for research in fetal tissue transplantation.  This moratorium was extended indefinitely by Secretary Sullivan in 1989, but then lifted by President Bill Clinton in 1993.   In 1993 Congress passed the NIH Revitalization Act which permitted tissue from any abortion to be used for fetal tissue research.  The Act included an elaborate consent and documentation requirement and criminalized the sale or purchase of fetal tissue and designation of the recipient of fetal tissue.

Let’s make a comparison.

SAEN is calling for stiff penalties due to the death of one nonhuman primate and the injury of another.  The Department of Agriculture is involved.    There have been thousands of dollars in fines already paid due to the death of 3 nonhuman primates. Protests by concerned citizens have resulted in media coverage and government action.

44 MILLION UNBORN HUMAN CHILDREN ARE KILLED IN THEIR MOTHER’S WOMB EVERY YEAR WORLD WIDE.  These aborted babies are tortured and dismembered.  They are suctioned, injected and poisoned, and crushed.  Most of these deaths occur after 8 weeks of life.  At 6 to 7 weeks, a baby has arms and legs growing, the cranial nerves are visible, the heart is beating and blood is pumping.  At just 9 weeks the baby has nipples and hair follicles, toes and all essential organs. By 13 weeks, the baby has nails, genitals, and tooth buds. Another 6 weeks and the baby can hear and swallow.

The abortion supporters are comforted that these dead babies are being used for research.

Planned Parenthood who has been investigated and accused with video evidence of breaking federal laws regarding the sale and profit of fetal tissue is receiving over 1 MILLION FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS EVERY DAY.  The White House has refused to give any credit to the lengthy investigation into Planned Parenthood and refuses to investigate any wrong doing by Planned Parenthood, while launching instead an investigation into the very organization which took 30 months to collect the video evidence against Planned Parenthood.  These videos are graphic and show exactly the demise of the unborn children who are dismembered, torn apart and thrown in garbage bags.  A protest at Planned Parenthood Centers resulted in huge numbers of pro-life supporters rallying in front of over 300 Centers nation wide.  The protests and videos have largely been ignored by the media.

I am sorry that four nonhuman primates have been killed at the University Research Center.  No animals should ever be tortured or neglected.  However, I am more sorry for the unborn children who are ripped apart and sold for a profit and seen as “line items.”

It is sad that a nation that bends over backwards to treat NON-HUMANS humanely is at the same time treating a large population of HUMANS as garbage.  Their little lives are literally sucked out of existence and they are literally torn from their mother’s womb.

It is time to protect the most defenseless among us.  It is time to give all children, born and unborn, the dignity and respect they deserve.  Stop the hypocrisy.  All human life should have rights above the rights of non-humans.

Vote Pro-Life.  Lives depend upon it.












Introducing – Planned Puppy Parenthood!



Finally, good public healthcare is here for your four-legged members of the family!

Dogs are sexual animals.  Gone are the days when our beloved pets must be spayed or castrated.  Spaying and neutering can lead to such problems as prostrate cancer, urine incontinence and mammary tumors.  Let your doggies be free to fall in heat and express their sexual desires without the consequences and responsibilities of unwanted pregnancies.

Our clinics are private and confidential.  Your doggie will feel right at home as we deliver her from her stress and worry.

Gestation periods are only about 63 days – so most arriving at our clinics will be far gone in the gestation period.  On average there are about five to six blobs of tissue to be removed.  If early enough, the tissues can be sucked out of our patient.  But there is no time limit, there are other effective and “crunchy” methods to remove your pet’s little worries.  If need be, we can let the head be delivered and sever the spinal chord before full delivery.

Our clinic offers FREE pregnancy screenings, de-worming and heart worm medicine.  Pregnancy terminations are on a fee basis due to the costs of discording the fetal tissue.  Fee is based on the size and number of tissue being dealt with.

It is time that our pets be able to be sexually fulfilled and not suffer from the responsibilities of having to care for a litter of puppies.  After all, shouldn’t our pets be treated as well as their human owners?



I think with everything in the media right now, it is time to repost this.

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20130406_123205Last week I stopped by and visited a friend I have had for years.  She lives in another state, so we do not get to see each other often.  We had a very nice visit which included sharing with each other our Christian faiths.  That day my friend shared a very personal experience from her past with me that I have found to be one of the most profound and dramatic narratives of God’s Love and Mercy.  She has given me permission to now share her story with you.

My friend, about forty years ago, was nineteen, married, and pregnant with her first child.  The pregnancy left her extremely ill.  She did not eat much for two months, and when she did she became very nauseous.  There were further complications of bleeding.

Her doctor met with her and her husband and advised an abortion.  The doctor claimed that the pregnancy was making her too sick…

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What the world needs now…

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We all know the song lyrics written by Hal David and made famous by Jackie DeShannon in April 1965, during the height of the Vietnam War.  I was comfortable in my mother’s womb in April of 1965.  I had no knowledge of what was going on in my country.  I was safe and secure.  I was not yet born, but I was loved.

It is a much different world today.  Some things remain the same such as war, hate, racism, and poverty.  Some things have changed such as the safety and security of an unborn child and the protection of religious beliefs.  Where is the love?

In 1965 the people were singing and longing for love.  The song is addressed to the Lord, asking for love, sweet love.  But did  people know what is love?

1 John 4:8 – 5:3: “Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love…God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him…We love because He first loved us….If anyone says, “I love God”, but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from Him; whomever loves God must also love his brother. .For the love of God is this, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.”

Wanting more love in the world, means wanting and needing God.

Today’s man loves many things that have become a false god.

Money and fame have taken up much of man’s heart.  Many people have given into temptations and have committed immoral acts all the while making excuses to themselves that it is for their own well being.  If a man gains everything and loses his soul; what is gained?  Far too much time is spent on gathering wealth and working and planning for a financially secure future rather than spending time with our Lord; working and planning on our eternity.

The biggest false god today is the love of self.  We live in a “do it if it makes you happy” time.  The world would have us believe that there is no such thing as sin.  The world tells us that we all have the right to be happy and live the life we choose.  The world falsely tells us that there are no victims when people act according to desires.  For those who chose abortion,  the victims are in the millions.  For those who choose to manipulate their bodies in an effort to change genders, family members are left confused and grieving.  Individual choices always affect others; God planned it so.

Following God’s commandments is what brings about peace and love.  We sin when we do not follow His commands.  Sin leads to hate, war, and division.  Do not be fooled.  As Mother Angelica so aptly said once, “If there is no sin, then God is a liar.”.  Sin is real and is running rampant today.

So, I propose a new version of Hal David’s song.  I propose we sing, “What the world needs now is God, sweet God’!  A world with God leads to a world of love.  A world of love is a world of self-sacrifice and thinking of others, not ourselves.

I have a little niece who is comfortable and snug inside of her mother’s womb.  She is safe and secure because she is loved.  My wish for her is to live in a world that knows and follows the Lord.  I wish for her to know Love.

C’est Bon,