"I Had My Life To Live Over" 
Erma Bombeck was an American humorist who achieved great popularity through her newspaper column, which described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s.  The following was written after she found out she was dying of cancer. 
"If I had my life to live over... 
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.  
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. 
I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded. 
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace. 
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth. 
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband. I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. 
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life. 
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains. 
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime. 
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. 
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.” There would have been more “I love you’s.” More “I’m sorry’s.” 
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute…look at it and really see it .. live it, and never give it back. 
Stop sweating the small stuff.  Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what. Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us. 
Let’s think about what we've been blessed with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally. 
I hope you all have blessed days..."
"Don't Despair"  
Sitting by the window of her convent, Sister Barbara opened a letter from home one evening. Inside the letter was a $100 bill her parents had sent. Sister Barbara smiled at the gesture. 
As she read the letter by the window, she noticed a shabbily dressed stranger leaning against the lamp post below. 
Quickly, she wrote, Don't despair. Sister Barbara, on a piece of paper, wrapped the $100 bill in it, got the man's attention and tossed it out the window to him. 
The stranger picked it up, and with a puzzled expression and a tip of his hat, went off down the street.  
The next day, Sister Barbara was told that a man was at her door, insisting on seeing her.  
She went down, and found the stranger waiting. Without a word, he handed her a huge wad of $100 bills.  
Whats this? she asked.  
Thats the $8,000 you have coming Sister, he replied. 
Don't Despair paid 80-to-1. 
(Give and ye' shall receive.)
MayGod's Blessings embrace us all and keep us safe.
People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up.  
The truth doesn't always set you free; people prefer to believe prettier, neatley wrapped lies.
'Could I Have This Dance" 
Anne Murray 
Designed & Compiled 
Ev & Els     
Dear God, 
If it be thy will, 
please keep our country safe 
from those who would seek  
destroy it. 
We ask in Jesus name. 
Ciao Amici 
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