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Wow, it's wonderful to finally be able to claim my own corner here at Serendipity Radio...chuckles. Here, you will find tips, recipes, stories, great websites I love to visit, and so much more! I hope you enjoy your stay!

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June 14, 2018

Sunday is Father's Day, so we would like to take the opportunity to wish all of you fathers out there a blessed and wonderful day this Sunday! Thanks for all you do! You are such a blessing! My dad is no longer with us, but I know that he is in heaven looking down on us with love...

I may not have had the time or opportunity to say it nearly enough, but I love you Dad! Thanks so very much for all those years you spent loving and caring for all of us, and for sacrificing and giving of yourself so freely to make sure we had everything we could possibly ever need! I am ever grateful for your great love and sacrifice! Thanks so much for being the best Dad anyone could ever wish for... Ciao!

Well, here are some stories and quotes that illustrate (to me) how precious and wonderful fathers are, and what a precious blessing they are to us! I hope you enjoy them...

WHAT DOES A FATHER DO?

I received a letter from a single mother who had raised a son who was about to become a dad. Since he had no recollection of his own father, her question to me was “What do I tell him a father does?”

When my dad died in my ninth year, I, too, was raised by my mother, giving rise to the same question, “What do fathers do?” As far as I could observe, they brought around the car when it rained so everyone else could stay dry.

They always took the family pictures, which is why they were never in them. They carved turkeys on Thanksgiving, kept the car gassed up, weren’t afraid to go into the basement, mowed the lawn, and tightened the clothesline to keep it from sagging.

It wasn’t until my husband and I had children that I was able to observe firsthand what a father contributed to a child’s life. What did he do to deserve his children’s respect? He rarely fed them, did anything about their sagging diapers, wiped their noses or fannies, played ball, or bonded with them under the hoods of their cars.

What did he do?

He threw them higher than his head until they were weak from laughter. He cast the deciding vote on the puppy debate. He listened more than he talked. He let them make mistakes. He allowed them to fall from their first two-wheeler without having a heart attack. He read a newspaper while they were trying to parallel park a car for the first time in preparation for their driving test.

If I had to tell someone’s son what a father really does that is important, it would be that he shows up for the job in good times and bad times. He’s a man who is constantly being observed by his children. They learn from him how to handle adversity, anger, disappointment and success.

He won’t laugh at their dreams no matter how impossible they might seem. He will dig out at 1 a.m. when one of his children runs out of gas. He will make unpopular decisions and stand by them. When he is wrong and makes a mistake, he will admit it. He sets the tone for how family members treat one another, members of the opposite sex and people who are different than they
are. By example, he can instill a desire to give something back to the community when its needs are greater than theirs.

But mostly, a good father involves himself in his kids’ lives. The more responsibility he has for a child, the harder it is to walk out of his life. A father has the potential to be a powerful force in the life of a child. Grab it! Maybe you’ll get a greeting card for your efforts. Maybe not. But it’s steady work.
--Erma Bombeck, Field Enterprises.

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In Search of Paco

There’s a Spanish story of a father and son who had become estranged. The son ran away, and the father set off to find him. He searched for months to no avail. Finally, in a last desperate effort to find him, the father put an ad in a Madrid newspaper. The ad read: Dear Paco, meet me in front of this newspaper office at noon on Saturday. All is forgiven. I love you. Your Father. On Saturday 800 Pacos showed up, looking for forgiveness and love from their fathers.
--Bits & Pieces, October 15, 1992, p. 13.

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“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
--Theodore Hesburgh

“My father didn’t tell me how to life; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
--Clarence Budington Kelland

“You don’t raise heroes; you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.”
--Walter Schirra Sr.

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June 6, 2018

Happy June! June is National DJ Month, Rose Month, and so many other wonderful things, besides. Roses are one of my favorite flowers...what's not to like? Both my mom and my mother-in-law had roses and other flower varieties in their gardens, and their perfume used to fill the house...

Here is a beautiful and inspiring story. I hope you enjoy reading...

THE PARABLE OF THE ROSE

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully. Before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw a bud that would soon blossom. He also saw the thorns, and he thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant, burdened with so many sharp thorns?" Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.

So it is with many people. Within every soul, there is a rose. The "God-like" qualities planted in us at birth, growing amidst the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.

Some don't see the rose within themselves. It takes someone else to show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others. This is the truest, most innocent, and gracious characteristic of love to know another person, including their faults, recognize the nobility in their soul, and yet, still help another to realize they can overcome their faults.

If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns. Only then will they blossom many times over, Our duty in this world is to help others, by showing them their roses and not their thorns. It is then that we achieve the love we should feel for each other. Only then can we bloom in our own garden.

~Author Unknown

Read more at: http://motivateus.com/stories/rose.htm#YLlRLYPohTSCJB1l.99

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March 8, 2018

It's amazing how time flies! It seems as though we 
just recently celebrated Christmas... Well, as hard  
as it may seem for us to believe, Winter won't stay  
forever, because Spring is right around the corner  
and it will be here before we know it!  

We all love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day each year,  
whether we're Irish or not, and Irish poetry and 
blessings are no exception. In honor of St. Patrick's  
Day, here are several classic Irish blessings I hope you'll enjoy..

Irish Blessings

May you always have...
Walls for the winds 
A roof for the rain 
Tea beside the fire 
Laughter to cheer you 
Those you love near you 
And all your heart might desire.

May joy and peace surround you, 
contentment latch your door, 
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!

May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you, 
Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul 
With the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming. 
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you, 
Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean
Sparkling after in the sunlight. 
May the blessing of God's earth be on you, 
And as you walk the roads, 
May you always have a kind word 
for those you meet.

May the blessing of light be upon you,
Light on the outside, 
Light on the inside.

With God's sunlight shining on you, 
May your heart glow with warmth, 
Like a turf fire 
that welcomes friends and strangers alike.

May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes,
Like a candle in the window, 
Welcoming the weary traveller.

May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two; 
May the sun always shine on your windowpane; 
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; 
May the hand of a friend always be near you; 
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

May your neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.

May those who love us, love us;
And for those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts;
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles, 
So we will know them by their limping!

May the road rise to meet you, 
may the wind be ever at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face, 
and the rains fall soft upon your fields. 
And until we meet again, 
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

An Irish Prayer

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Bless This House

Bless this house, O Lord, we pray.
Make it safe by night and day.
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out.
Bless the roof and chimney tall,
Let thy peace lie over all.
Bless the doors that they may prove
Ever open to joy and love.
Bless the windows shining bright,
Letting in God's heavenly light.
Bless the hearth a-blazing there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer.
Bless the people here within...
Keep them pure and free from sin.
Bless us all, that one day, we
May be fit, O lord, to dwell with Thee.

For a wondrous journey into all things Irish, visit:

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Feb. 5, 2018

I hope you have had a blessed Christmas season and a wonderful start to the New Year. It has been so long since I've been able to write, for which I apologize, but it has been quite the topsy turvy couple of months here at Serendipity Radio. I do hope to write more often, however, and I thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding as we navigate our way through this time of what we hope will be some positive changes here at Serendipity Radio! 

A good friend of ours sent this to me, and it is so true--and so thought-provoking, as well. I hope you enjoy it!

The Pebble

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is 
gone; 
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and 
on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on 
out to the sea. 
And there is no way of telling where the end is 
going to be. 
 
Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you 
forget, 
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's 
ripples circling yet, 
And those little waves a-flowing to a great big 
wave have grown; 
You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping 
in a stone. 
 
Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is 
gone; 
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and 
on and on. 
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from 
the center as they go, 
And there is no way to stop them, once you've 
started them to flow. 
 
Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute you 
forget; 
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's 
ripples circling yet, 
And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of 
tears you've stirred, 
And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped 
that unkind word. 
 
Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash 
and it is gone; 
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and 
on and on, 
Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each 
splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn't believe the volume of the one 
kind word you gave. 
 
Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute 
you forget; 
But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's 
joy circling yet, 
And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet 
music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water just by dropping 
one kind word. 
 
--Author Unknown

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I hope you're enjoying the Holiday Season. (Can you believe it's here already?) Seems it was summer only a few weeks ago... This is perhaps my favorite time of year, and as such, I'm always looking for shortcuts and ways to make my life (and others' lives) easier around this time. After all, every little bit helps!

One of the best websites I've found to help me with that is http://www.northpole.com. There you can visit Mrs. Claus' Kitchen and peruse her Cookbook for Christmas and Holiday recipes, or visit the Gift Shop for gift-giving ideas. If you'd like to learn how to make your own homemade ornaments, or you want to know how to make a gift for that special someone, you can always visit the Craft Cottage to find craft project ideas and instructions, and so much more. 

But it isn't just useful information. You can also have fun visiting the other buildings in Santa's Village, including the Reindeer Barn, the Elves' Workshop, Santa's Den, and many other fun places of interest at the North Pole. You'll find something for the whole family! 

Second to spending the holidays with family and loved ones, it's a wonderful place to be if you need that extra nudge to get you into the Holiday spirit. I hope you'll give the site a try! Again, the site name is: http://www.northpole.com. Hope to see you there!

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