Poppy: A Remembrance of Fallen Heroes

By Rosalie Laune:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This poem was written in 1915 by Major John McCrae, a physician serving in a Canadian artillery unit during World War I. It is believed he wrote it after conducting a burial service for a young Canadian artillery officer who was killed in the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium.

Lily: A Symbol of Life

By: Rosalie Laune - No other flower is associated with the observance of Easter more than the lily.  Its beautiful white flowers are symbolic of purity, joy, hope and life.  However, the lily was cultivated by civilizations long before it became associated with Easter and has symbolic meaning to many different religions.

The name “lily” is applied chiefly (and correctly) to any member of the genus Lilium and contains over 100 species. All are herbaceous perennials that arise from bulbs and produce large, showy flowers.  Most are native to temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.

Selma - St Louisans Answered The Call

Participants, some carrying American flags, marching in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. (From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository)

By Rosalie Laune

I read with interest the coverage in the Saturday St Louis  Post-Dispatch commemorating “Bloody Sunday” and the role St. Louisans played in the events in Selma, Alabama in 1965.

The Charles and Mary Vatterott family, Archbishop Joseph E Ritter and Sister Antona Ebo an African American nun, member of the Franciscans Sisters of St. Mary, were profiled in the coverage and one of them with ties to New Haven.

Fun Facts About The Mistletoe

By: Rosalie Laune

Mistletoe is a Christmas tradition in many cultures.  Most of us know about sneaking a kiss under the mistletoe, but how many of us know mistletoe is actually a parasite?

Here are five fun facts about mistletoe you can impress your friends with...or maybe not.

1. Mistletoe is a catchall term for the more than 1500 species of the plant  growing around the world, most in the tropics.

Brenda's Inspirational Thought Of The Day - August 2014

August's Inspirational Thoughts
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Aug 31 - Smile... God has it under control. "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10

Police Respond For Report Of Large Vicious Turtle

By Kyle  Quick

Is it ironic that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie hits box offices nationwide on Friday August, 8.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Wednesday morning was far from ordinary for New Haven Police officers after they were dispatched to a residence around 7:10 a.m. for a report of a vicious turtle attempting to bite, ready to attack, and make entry into the home.

When police arrived they located the suspect on the reporting party’s driveway.  Several attempts were made to encourage the large turtle to move by waving a broomstick.  The turtle attacked the broom stick by biting down on it but quickly released the stick.

Brenda's Inspirational Thought Of The Day - April 2014

April's Inspirational Thoughts
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April 30th - Go about your day with enthusiasm, passion, and purpose. If you come up against resistance, move through it.

Have courage – Ask for what you need, speak your truth, own your story, set boundaries and reach out for support. Don’t be to humble to ask for help.

Trust in God. We can only see a little ways down the road, but God can see around every curve and roadblock.