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5 Minutes of Grace: Burnt Biscuits




My very good friend Ed Smith, Artistic Director of the Jubilee Theater in Fort Worth, Texas sent this to me in an email. It had been forwarded to him. I consider myself very special for having received it. Hope you will too.


When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for supper every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!
All my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school.

I don’t remember what I told him but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits.

I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits.” Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He said, “Your Momma put in a hard day at work and she’s really tired and besides, a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!”

You know, life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults and choosing to celebrate each others differences – is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that’s my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal breaker!

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!

“Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket, keep it in your own.” So Please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burnt one will do just fine.!.!.!

Until next time, this is Edna Jane Lorey.

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    Posted 4 years, 7 months ago at 9:59 am. Add a comment

    NFL Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen Succumbs To Mesothelioma

    Merlin Olsen, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman with the Los Angeles Rams has died. He was 69.

    Olsen had been fighting mesothelioma. Diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009 he underwent three courses of chemotherapy. In January 2010 he filed a lawsuit against NBC Studios, NBC Universal, and 20th Century Fox for exposing him to asbestos.[

    Playing in the NFL from 1962 to 1976, Olsen was a charter member of the team’s famed Fearsome Foursome which also included David “Deacon” Jones, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy. With the Rams, Olsen and the Fearsome Foursome helped popularize the star power of defensive linemen sacking the quarterback and using size, speed and skill to terrorize offenses. He was the league’s most valuable player in 1974 and appeared 14 times in the Pro Bowl.

    After retiring as a player he made a remarkably smooth transition into careers in broadcasting and acting. Mr. Olsen
    spent another 15 seasons in broadcast booths as an analyst for NBC and CBS and acted in such television shows as “Little House on the Prairie” and “Father Murphy.”

    Olsen also was a three-time academic All-American at Utah State and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi in 1962 with a degree in finance.

    He is survived by his wife of 47 years Susan Wakley. They had 3 children, Kelly, Jill, and Nathan. He is also survived by four grandchildren.

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      The Brittney Griner Horse Is Dead So Stop Beating It.

      Brittney Griner, the dunking center from Baylor was ejected from the game against Texas Tech March 3, 2010 after punching Texas Tech Jordan Barncastle in the face. The 6’8″ Lady Bears freshman, who scored 21 points was also suspended for at least two games.

      Lady Bears’ head coach Kim Mulkey said in a statement issued the day after the incident that Griner had been suspended for one game in addition to the one-game suspension mandated by NCAA rules for a “fighting act.” Griner’s suspension caused her to miss the Bears’ game against 18th-ranked Texas on Sunday which they lost 70-54. As a result the team lost the first-round bye in this week’s Big 12 tournament as one of the conference’s top four teams. Instead, the Lady Bears who finished as the No. 6 seed, will play 11th-seeded Colorado at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Kansas City, Mo.

      Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe said he accepted Mulkey’s decision, calling it appropriate based on the severity of the act. Further, Griner apologized to Barncastle, the Texas Tech team, her own teammates and coaches and “the game of women’s basketball” in a statement issued by the school.

      “I let my emotions get the best of me, and I am deeply sorry,” her statement said. “I will grow from this, and I am dedicated to setting an example to others of how to learn from personal mistakes.”

      In a statement released late Thursday by Texas Tech, the school said Barncastle suffered a nasal fracture and is undergoing medical evaluation and “her status for activity will be determined on a daily basis.”

      However, people are lining up saying that the punishment is not severe enough. All the attacks seem to be directed at the 19 year old freshman. Febone1960.net who does not condone the young lady’s reaction is surprised by these attacks.

      In viewing the video above, it’s pretty obvious that Barncastle initiated the ruckus by trying to throw Griner to floor as she was trying to defend the post against Baylor who was in possession of the ball. Shouldn’t she have been suspended as well? It can be argued that the broken nose is punishment enough.

      Incredible, this was done in front of three officials. Two official were in a position to see the tussling and one who was right in front of the two players and could not help but see Barnscastle’s violence against Griner. Instead this official acted like he did not see Barncastle attempt to body slam Griner to the floor. Oh, but they saw the so called sucker punch!

      No one is calling for his removal or suspension for failing to control the game by protecting Brittney from the abuse she has received since the first minute of her first game at Baylor. Griner has taken elbow delivered kidney punches in every game and finally like anyone else in that situation lost it. That includes all of you who maintains that she didn’t try to control her emotions. We all have our teachable moments and young Brittney had her moment on March 3, 2010.

      One thing for sure in life is that you can’t “should have”. What’s done is done. Hopefully when the situation presents itself again, and it will, Brittney would have learn from her teachable moment and will channel her anger and competitive fire in the right directions by devastating her opponents with her basketball skills and not her right hook.

      To all of you who still maintain that the punishment is not severe enough I say to you that the horse is dead, so stop beating it.

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        Posted 4 years, 7 months ago at 8:51 am. Add a comment