I keep a tiny leather bound book of quotes in my happy drawer in the kitchen. The "happy drawer" started because when a day got overwhelming, and I needed a moment, or piece of chocolate (which is 99% what it's filled with) I had to have a place for that. In a crazy moment, I can't even remember things that cheer me up, so it's nice to open up the drawer and prescribe myself the perfect remedy: tea? chocolate? a good quote? more chocolate? etc. So recently I've been doing a little something with those quotes, which is what you're seeing these days around here.

The above I did last night, which happened to flow nicely into a little something I discovered this morning and want to share with you. The harmonium project, an effort to revitalize the downtown of Steubenville, Ohio the city that is home to my alma mater, and the first ever location/headquarters of . A lot of our DVM family is in Steubenville serving the kids in the area so this is close to our hearts. I could tell you all about the city and what a great thing this is, but the video does it quicker and more effectively>>>>>

from on .


In Baltimore there lived a boy.
He wasn't anybody's joy.
Although his name was Jabez Dawes,
His character was full of flaws.
In school he never led his classes,
He hid old ladies' reading glasses,
His mouth was open when he chewed,
And elbows to the table glued.
He stole the milk of hungry kittens,
And walked through doors marked NO ADMITTANCE.
He said he acted thus because
There wasn't any Santa Claus.

Another trick that tickled Jabez
Was crying 'Boo' at little babies.
He brushed his teeth, they said in town,
Sideways instead of up and down.
Yet people pardoned every sin,
And viewed his antics with a grin,
Till they were told by Jabez Dawes,
'There isn't any Santa Claus!'

Deploring how he did behave,
His parents swiftly sought their grave.
They hurried through the portals pearly,
And Jabez left the funeral early.

Like whooping cough, from child to child,
He sped to spread the rumor wild:
'Sure as my name is Jabez Dawes
There isn't any Santa Claus!'
Slunk like a weasel of a marten
Through nursery and kindergarten,
Whispering low to every tot,
'There isn't any, no there's not!'

The children wept all Christmas eve
And Jabez chortled up his sleeve.
No infant dared hang up his stocking
For fear of Jabez' ribald mocking.
He sprawled on his untidy bed,
Fresh malice dancing in his head,
When presently with scalp-a-tingling,
Jabez heard a distant jingling;
He heard the crunch of sleigh and hoof
Crisply alighting on the roof.
What good to rise and bar the door?
A shower of soot was on the floor.

What was beheld by Jabez Dawes?
The fireplace full of Santa Claus!
Then Jabez fell upon his knees
With cries of 'Don't,' and 'Pretty Please.'
He howled, 'I don't know where you read it,
But anyhow, I never said it!'
'Jabez' replied the angry saint,
'It isn't I, it's you that ain't.
Although there is a Santa Claus,
There isn't any Jabez Dawes!'

Said Jabez then with impudent vim,
'Oh, yes there is, and I am him!
Your magic don't scare me, it doesn't'
And suddenly he found he wasn't!
From grimy feet to grimy locks,
Jabez became a Jack-in-the-box,
An ugly toy with springs unsprung,
Forever sticking out his tongue.

The neighbors heard his mournful squeal;
They searched for him, but not with zeal.
No trace was found of Jabez Dawes,
Which led to thunderous applause,
And people drank a loving cup
And went and hung their stockings up.

All you who sneer at Santa Claus,
Beware the fate of Jabez Dawes,
The saucy boy who mocked the saint.
Donner and Blitzen licked off his paint.
                                           Ogden Nash




"Listen, put it into your heart, my youngest and dearest son, that the thing that disturbs you, the thing that afflicts you, is nothing. Do not let your countenance, your heart be disturbed. Do not fear this sickness of your uncle or any other sickness, nor anything that is sharp or hurtful. Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? "


Youtube videos are really only as good as their comments, and this one had some gems with: "this would bring in so much money for Kraft," and "the whistling makes all the difference." 

 i mean i could watch their vines on repeat all day long, but I have a life, and a child people!

With all of the buzz about the Amazon drones (see ) I think it's time we take a look at some of the funniest reviewed items: , , , and . 


Today  are circling the globe in a wave as Pope Francis has asked prayers to end world hunger at noon. In Wichita the church bells will toll as a reminder. Below you'll find the prayer provided by caritas.org to join in-

O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that we 
might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty. 

You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood and to 
teach us your Law of Love. Through His death and 
resurrection, we have been formed into one human family. 

Jesus showed great concern for those who had no food - even 
transforming five loaves and two fish into a banquet that 
served five thousand and many more. 

We come before you, O God, conscious of our faults and 
failures, but full of hope, to share food with all members in 
this global family. 

Through your wisdom, inspire leaders of government and of 
business, as well as all the world's citizens, to find just, and 
charitable solutions to end hunger by assuring that all people 
enjoy the right to food. 

Thus we pray, O God, that when we present ourselves for 
Divine Judgment, we can proclaim ourselves as "One Human 
Family" with "Food for All". 

"As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world's problems or, for that matter, to any problems."- Pope Francis


and seconly, have you heard of ? Just one of those things that you can't help but get a nice long smile from.
More info at this link


Oh and also, this article about Mr. McInnes: