Fear not

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.  Only I will remain.

Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, Dune


Promote and maintain an environment where learning/academics take(s) place as students and staff are aware of our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.  We practice skills and routines that lead to balance.

Seen on the whiteboard at Capitol Hill Magnet School, 2013-12-14

The Other Ten Commandments

  1. Thou shall not worry.

    For worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.

  2. Thou shall not be fearful.

    For most of the things we fear never come to pass.

  3. Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them.

    For no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.

  4. Thou shall face each problem as it comes.

    You can only hand one at a time anyway.

  5. Thou shall not take problems to bed with you.

    For they make very poor bedfellows.

  6. Thou shall not borrow other people’s problems.

    They can better care for them than you can.

  7. Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for it is forever gone.

    Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!

  8. Thou shall be a good listener.

    For only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own.  It is hard to learn anything new when you are talking… and some people do know more than you do.

  9. Thou shall not become “bogged down” by frustration.

    For ninety percent of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.

  10. Thou shall count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones.

    For a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.

Seen on a placard at Bethlehem Covenant Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Jill’s Aunt, Ruth Smith passed

Ruth B. Smith, 90, Hibbing, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at Guardian Angels Health & Rehabilitation Center Center, Hibbing.  She was born Dec. 16, 1922, in Menahga, MN to Clarence and Susan Smith and moved to Hibbing when she was five.  Ruth graduated from Hibbing High School and had worked for a short time at US Steel during World War II then spent the next several years raising her children.  She was an excellent cook and seamstress.  Ruth also worked at JC Penney of Hibbing for 17 years, retiring in 1981.  Ruth was an active member of First Lutheran Church for over 70 years and a member of VFW Post 8510 Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed bowling in her earlier years and attending her TOPS group.  Ruth’s greatest joy was spending time at her cabin on Perch Lake with her husband, Al Smith, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by two daughters: Sherry DeJarlais of Hibbing and Jennifer Charles of Eagan; a son, Dennis (Joyce) Smith of Bismarck, ND; 6 grandchildren: Nicole (Curtis) Foley of Shoreview, MN, Lisa DeJarlais of Brewer, ME, Eric Smith of Bismarck, ND, Melissa Staigle of Bismarck, ND, Jodi (Ryan) Christiansen of Fargo, ND, and Jeremy (Kati) Berg of Rochester, MN; 12 great-grandchildren: Colton Foley, Olivia Foley, Amanda, Christian, and Matthew Smith, Paige and Brooke Staigle, Henry and Eva Christiansen, Ian and Thea Berg, and Gabrielle Keller; a sister, Barbara O’Connor of Sartell, MN; two sisters-in-law, Marge Smith of Chisholm and Ann Smith of Duluth; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Al Smith; by her parents; a brother, Melvin Smith; a sister, Grace Christofferson; four brothers-in-law: Russell Smith, Bill O’Connor, Bob Christofferson, and Clifford Smith, and a sister-in-law, Mary Smith.

Visitation will be Friday February 22, 2013, from 6—8 PM in Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing, and also Saturday February 23, 2013, at First Lutheran Church for one hour prior to the 11 AM funeral service. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing.  To leave a message of condolence, please visit Dougherty Funeral Home.

Wright’s law

Via email from Creative Good, Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:40:08 -0800


Today may my prayers help me realize
I cannot control everything.
To put the world in order,
We must first put the nation in order;
To put the nation in order,
We must first put the family in order;
To put the family in order,
We must first set our hearts right.


Debaptise Yourself!

According to the National Secular Society, you can now Debaptise Yourself!