Two Friends

Two friends were walking through a desert area. As they walked they conversed about various topics. It was over a point of discussion that didn't really matter very much that an argument started and grew rather heated. One slapped the other on the face. He was deeply hurt, but without saying anything he wrote in the sand: “Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”

They kept walking for a long time until they came to an oasis, where they stopped to cool themselves in the water. The one who had been slapped went too far from the edge of the pool and became stuck in the mud. He struggled to get free and began sinking. He would have drowned had not his friend saved him.

After he recovered from the near drowning he wrote on a stone: “Today my best friend saved my life.” The one who had first slapped and wrote in the sand asked, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, but now you write on a stone; why?”

The friend replied, “When someone hurts us we should write it down in the sand where the winds of forgiveness can erase it. But when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can erase it.”

Images of Life Celebrations Jim Fletcher and Roger Howerton, 2006

Adopting an attitude

The teacher had the children draw pictures of their families. One child drew one boy with a different hair colour than the rest. A little girl suggested he was adopted. “I know all about adoption,” she said. “I was adopted.”

“What does it mean to be adopted?” Asked another child.

“It means,” said the little girl, “that you grew in you mummy’s heart instead of her tummy.”

A lovely way to view adoption

Why God Made Mums

The answers were given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions !!!!

Bring Back Any Memories?

Someone asked the other day, What was your favourite ‘fast food’ when youwere growing up?’
We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed him.
‘All food was slow.’

Some Inspirational Words

When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless.
But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment
that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.

Taken from a small book “Inspiration”. Published by Affirmations Australia Pty. Ltd

Designed and edited by Suzanne and Barbara Maher

Some Inspirational Words

Be positive.
Not just a blood group.
A whole way of life.
No matter what, your path is yours.
Devote every moment of your life to improving your dreams.
Love your world.
Cherish the good you do.
Let go of the hatred.
Dream of love

Meet Molly

She’s a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stock piled. While there, she was attacked by a dog and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.

55 Years of Living With Lupus By Lois Beckwith

By age ten I knew I was different but I didn’t understand why, and I didn’t share this realization with others. But my school friends knew, they nicknamed me Lumbago. I didn’t have a clue as to what it meant but I liked the sound of the word. As I progressed through primary school it was the late 1950s, a pattern started to emerge. I was outstanding in sport, fast, well co-ordinated and a high achiever in all competition, but I had days when I was lethargic, emotional, depressed, stiff, and could hardly move. It would come and go and be quite disruptive in what I wanted, and needed to do. As it became more noticeable I was presented to local physicians, to be firstly labelled as growing pains, then puberty blues and then on to tennis elbows, etc.,etc.

311 Lemonade Scones Recipe

3 cups SR flour
1 cup of cream
1 cup lemonade
Mix all together and cook for in a Moderately hot oven for approx
15 minutes.
Very quick and taste delicious

Wise Words - Encouragement

Encourage others to reach their full potential—sometime all it takes is a few inspired words.
Never leave for tomorrow a loving comment that could be made today
When making major choices, be guided by what is most precious to you, not by others’ expectations of you

Wise Words

Hold the Vision in your mind
When you reach the top,
Keep climbing

It doesn’t matter
How slowly you go,
So long as you do not stop. Confucius

A Poem About Scleroderma

Something’s wrong with my thermostat
‘Cause I get cold at the drop of a hat
My fingers and toes begin with the tingles
And I’m sore as though I had shingles
My fingers go white and my toes go blue
Oh tell me what I have to do

To keep myself from getting frozen
Shall I wear a mask to keep my nose on?
There’s something wrong with my energy mode
I feel as though I’m on overload
I fall asleep in the wink of an eye
Does anyone sleep as long as I?

I’m wary when eating if I’m in town
As my food can get stuck when it’s half way down
I try not to show that I’m in pain
And hope the food doesn’t come up again
There are other problems that cause me tension
But they’re too numerous to mention

I don’t think that I would have the time
And anyway I can’t make them rhyme
But still I wake up every day
And wonder if life will go my way
I try, with fun, my days to fill
And so forget that I am ill

Rae Hawkins © May 18, 2012

Reprinted with permission from Connective Tissues Newsletter, Issue 33
March , 2013

When I read this poem I thought of the friends in our Association who suffer with Scleroderma and Raynaud’s Syndrome as well as those of us who suffer a mixture of autoimmune diseases. Rae’s words are very relevant.

How to Avoid the Flu

Eat right! Make sure you get your daily dose of fruits and veggies.
Take your vitamins and bump up your Vitamin C.
Get plenty of exercise because exercise helps build your immune system
Walk fo at least an hour a day, go for a swim,
Take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.
Wash your hands often. If you can’t wash them,
Keep a bottle of antibacterial stuff around.
Get lots of fresh air. Open windows whenever possible.
Get plenty of rest.
Try to eliminate as much stress from your life as you can.


Take the doctor’s office approach.
Think about it….
When you go for a shot, what do they do first?
Clean your arm with alcohol.
Why? Because alcohol kills germs. So…..

I walk to the liquor store… (exercise)
I put lime in my Corona….(fruit)
Celery in My Bloody Mary (veggies)
Drink outdoors on the bar patio….(fresh air)
Get drunk, tell jokes, laugh…. (avoid stress)
Then pass out . (Plenty of rest
The way I see it
If you keep your alcohol levels up flu germs can’t get you!!!!!

Christmas is for Love

‘Christmas is for Love’ is a short story I found on the internet and I would like to share it with you, the author remains unknown. It is not funny but is worth reading when considering what the Christmas message means to each of us as individuals.

Christmas is for love. It is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for reuniting with family and friends, for tinsel and brightly covered packages. But mostly Christmas is for love. I had not believed this until a small elfin like pupil with wide innocent eyes and soft rosy cheeks gave me a wondrous gift one Christmas.

Some Wise Words

Dreams are like stars. You may never touch them, but if you follow them
they will lead you to your destiny.

Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly but flooding like the
river. Malagasy proverb

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.

Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox