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The Reading Room
2014 September
Pg 5 - The Sunshine Express
Mind Meandering
Was unable to leisurely sit on the front porch
with cup of coffee this morning due to a persis-
tent Rufus Hummingbird. Perched on the pin-
nacle of a garden hollyhock, the tiny bird vigor-
ously defended ¡°his¡± sugar water filled feeder.
With an angry buzzing he flew at the intruders,
then came at me, as if to say ¡°get out of town
or¡­.¡±. Darting off to the south side of the cabin to
monitor other feeding stations, the Rufus allows
a few moments for the other hummers to return
to the feeder above me, which they swiftly do.
Their various squeaking and high tinkling notes
fill the air. Interesting, to me, is the fact that I,
a giant compared to the tiny Rufus, deters him
not!! Perhaps the lesson for me here is - I should
not allow any giants in my life deter me from my
goals either.
Enjoyed a fun filled day this past Saturday.
Meeting up with the group in the parking lot of
the Wayside Chapel, followed the procession of
Jeeps and trucks up John Brown Canyon for one
hour, to the dinosaur tracks. The Dino tracks are
etched deep into sandstone and follow along the
cliffs edge, overlooking the magnificent Fisher
Valley, far, far below. A food filled picnic and visit-
ing followed.
Slipping away by ourselves, husband and I drove
to Don¡¯s Lake. We were the only people there.
Breezes through the ponderosa pines, singing
streams on their way to the lake, chipmunks and
iridescent green and blue dragonflies greeted us.
I have read that fossils resembling dragonflies
date back to 300 million years - hmmm. I did
know, however, that dragonflies are predators
destroying huge numbers of mosquitoes.
Munching on an oreo cookie, I watched husband
cast fly attached filament with finesse, out across
the water, to lay it down where he chose. We had
trout for dinner, the perfect end of a perfect day.
Poetry is
swaying willows
At lake¡¯s edge
soft wind
ripples over pebbles
an old stone
the feather in a prayer
silence shared. -k
(Karen Schafer lives in & writes about life from
Gateway, Colorado)
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and what the Lord has sent
me is a spider web. God does
have a sense of humor.¡±
As the enemy drew closer he
watched from the darkness
of his hideout and could see
them searching one cave after
another. As they came to his,
he got ready to make his last
To his amazement, however,
after glancing in the direction
of his cave, they moved on.
Suddenly, he realized that
with the spider web over the
entrance, his cave looked as
if no one had entered it for
quite a while.
¡°Lord, forgive me,¡± prayed the
God and the Spider
During World War II, a US Marine was sepa-
rated from his unit on a Pacific island. The
fighting had been intense, and in the smoke
and the crossfire, he had lost touch with his
Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy
soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling
for cover, he found his way up a high ridge
to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he
crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe
for the moment, he realized that once the
enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the
ridge, they would quickly search all the caves
and he would be killed. As he waited, he
prayed, ¡°Lord, if it be your will, please protect
me. Whatever your will though, I love you and
trust you. Amen.¡±
After praying, he lay quietly listening to the
enemy begin to draw close. He thought, ¡°Well,
I guess the Lord isn¡¯t going to help me out of
this one.¡±
Just then he saw a spider begin to build a web
over the front of his cave. As he watched, lis-
tening to the enemy searching for him all the
while, the spider layered strand after strand of
web across the opening of the cave.
¡°Hah¡± he thought, ¡°what I need is a brick wall
If you get email, you
get stuff. Sometimes
it is spam, sometimes
it is a true gem.
Here is one of those
gems worth sharing:
Positively Karen
How many of us consider ourselves to be of
¡®Good Courage¡¯, and what I mean by that is, are
we filled with spiritual courage?
I love this particular quote because it truly gives
the correct definition of courage, ¡°Courage is not
the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that
something else is more important than fear.¡±-
Ambrose Redmoon.
Spiritual courage is really the courage to change
the way you think. I know it may sound scary
to change, and it takes courage to change from
thinking of the physical to thinking on a spiritual
level. Remember the unseen is truly forever, so
do we want to live only for the temporal state of
physical life, or do we want to live for the eternal
spiritual life and enjoy both? I assure you that
feeding the spirit will only improve the physical.
The change will come with sacrifice as all things
usually do when you change from doing what
you are used to, to doing things that are better
for you. It is like eating healthier food, it takes
time to get used to it. So, gradual change is what
needs to take place for most and it all starts with
the realization that there must be something bet-
ter than what is going on in my life. It all starts
with leaving the negative power behind and
reaching for the Higher power. Spirituality is the
Higher power and is the positive energy that is in
all of us, it is the untapped source that leads to
the betterment of life.
Remember that fear is the trap, and the only key
to your freedom is your Courage.
(Mark Looper of The Pony Expresso shares
inspirational thoughts & lessons learned in life
from Dolores, Colorado. Visit him at:
Unseen Energy
by Mark Looper
young man, ¡°I had forgotten that in you, a spi-
der¡¯s web is stronger than a brick wall.¡±
We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it
is so easy to forget the victories that God would
work in our lives, sometimes in the most surpris-
ing ways.
Remember: Whatever is happening in your life,
with God, a mere spider¡¯s web can become a
brick wall of protection. Trust and believe that He
is with you always.
Just ask for his help and you will see His great
power and love for you.