Friday, October 21, 2016

Social Security

Recently received a letter from Social Security.  The letter came from the Southeastern Program Service Center in Birmingham, Alabama.  It mentioned a Claim Number and began:

"We are writing to you about your Social Security benefits.

"What You Should Know"

"We changed your monthly benefit to $17.50 as of May 2016.  We found that your prior amount was incorrect."

Just let that much sink in and think about what you would think if you received such a letter.

It was not what I was thinking when I reached that point in the letter. 

I called by phone and found out there had been a change in my Social Security and this was not a letter delivering dire news to me. 

Note: Since this is, after all, a personal matter, I'll not go into it any further, but I just wanted to share it.  And, by the way, I just like to start my blog posts with an image of some kind.  The letter did not have this image at the top of it.  Yes, I was just trying to grab your interest.  Don't expect me to go any further except to say, every "little" thing is fine and the Social Security Representative set my mind at ease over the matter.


Thursday, April 07, 2016

Another Dream

In the Holy Bible, some scriptures tell about dreams and there were other people who could interpret the dreams.  I could use a dream interpreter.

When I have a dream including people who are already in heaven, I wonder what it means.

The one last night was fairly vivid.

Like lots of my dreams, things seem to be more of a feeling than a meaning.

It seems like to me that I was not expecting these people and even in the dream I did not realize they were no longer with us here on earth.  I'm pretty sure of two of them and the third one was some one closely related to them. So, the two I recognized were Grandma Lockhart and Mother. 

The part that really baffles me is that things seemed fairly normal and through the dream itself, there was no feeling of anything but that it was normal and they were still alive.  It was very close to a happy dream. 

It was not until I had been awake for a short time that I realized those people are no longer with us on earth.

~ Doing Some Reflecting ~
We do not blog much at all anymore because it takes time to do it.
Each day that passes now seems like just a few minutes, even though it has the same 24 hours.
As a child, vacations were usually visiting some relatives.
There was one that was special in which we took Grandma Lockhart with us.  She and her children always tried to be together to celebrate her birthday around Labor Day.  On this vacation, we visited Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.  From that southeastern part of New Mexico, we traveled on to White Sands and eventually spent a night in Cloudcroft before heading back.  I could not even tell you what year it was.  I do recall my sister and I walked out of the depths of the Caverns while our parents and Grandma Lockhart took the elevator.  As we march up the upward sloping trail we would say "left right" most of the way to keep us at it.
I'll never forget that vacation.  A big surprise was to have to have covers in Cloudcroft because it was so cool at night and, of course, this was when we were out of school in the summertime in Texas.
The caverns were breathtaking.  Let me try this to see if it will work...

Friday, February 19, 2016


Just finished reading "To Kill A Mockingbird" for the second time, and had almost finished "Go Set A Watchman" when the news came today of the death of Harper Lee.

Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author, dead at 89

Here's a link looked at today about a happening in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
Monroeville, AL – To Kill A Mockingbird – CBS Sunday Morning 7-11-10. wmv

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

You Are God's Idea

I'm pretty sure the author of this is Max Lucado.  When I read this, I thought, "There's a blog post in there somewhere.

Jeremiah 1:5  "Before I made you in your mother's womb, I chose you."
God planned and packed you on purpose for his purpose.
Heaven's custom design.
At a moment before moments existed, the sovereign Star Maker resolved, "I will make __________." Your name goes in the blank. Then he continued with, "And I will make him/her __________, __________ and __________ and __________ and __________." Fill those blanks with your characteristics. Insightful. Clever. Detail oriented. Restless. And since you are God's idea, you are a good idea. What God said about Jeremiah, he said about you: "Before I made you in your mother's womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work."
When the question of "What gifts/talents did God give me?"
are brought up, I almost want to include
I'm a good "copy cat"
I'd really rather describe someone else than myself.
In fact, I think it is easier to describe another person
than to describe one's self.
What do you think?