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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lessons We Learn From Geese

I had read this several years ago, and thought it worthy of sharing.

Fact 1:
As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson:
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Fact 2:
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
Lesson:
If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

Fact 3:
When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.
Lesson:
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

Fact 4:
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson:
We need to make sure honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.

Fact 5:
When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
Lesson:
If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.


November Blooms


We call them miniature Hollyhocks, I don't know the actual name. But they're still blooming. The colors are so beautiful, and add to the landscape.

Wood Harvesting!

My great niece Kayla, helped her Uncle Jason collect logs from the downed trees on the property today. What a cutie!

Box to Clocks

My husband bought two of these shadow boxes from one of the dollar stores, and hung them in the kitchen. I thought they looked more like a craft overhaul in the making!
So I removed the 3 D flowers on the inside, sanded and painted the frame, took shells and some watery looking fabric and sewed it to look like my interpretation of the sun setting over water, and made a clock for my bathroom instead. This is the result. I don't know what the other box will become, but I'm anxious to find out, and I'm sure crazy quilting will be involved.

Election Day Two

We went to vote this morning, and in our poling places , no one is allowed to talk politics, wear any bottons or shirts which indicate who you are voting for. So the long wait in line was kind of eerily quiet. I guess they don't want any confrontations, as this has been a very "Spirited" campaign. I feel good though.
While I was there, my grand daughter saw me come in, so she got a bathroom pass so she could come out to see me. (I don't get to see her that often.) It was a special treat to have her there waiting for me when I came out of the library. I'm so going to miss her when they move to Iowa. Blessings to all of you today, and God Bless this great country we live in.

Election Day!

Finally, it's here! I'm going with my niece and husband at eightish to vote. Please join me in this important election. May the best for this country prevail. God Bless America and God Bless all of you.

Halloween Cutie Patooties

Jenna was the cutest litle lady bug.


My niece Claire, she was Pebbles for Halloween. You just can't help but smile when these wee ones enter a room.