Sunday, October 30, 2011

Do you know your State's Preamble?


Alabama 1901, Preamble We, the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution..


Alaska 1956, Preamble We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.

Arizona 1911, Preamble We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution...

Arkansas 1874, Preamble We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...

California 1879, Preamble We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom...

Colorado 1876, Preamble We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe...

Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.

Delaware 1897, Preamble Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator, according to the dictates of their consciences.

Florida 1885, Preamble We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution...

Georgia 1777, Preamble We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution...

Hawaii 1959, Preamble We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance ... Establish this Constitution.

Idaho 1889, Preamble We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings...

Illinois 1870, Preamble We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors...

Indiana 1851, Preamble We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government...

Iowa 1857, Preamble We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution...

Kansas 1859, Preamble We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution...

Kentucky 1891, Preamble.. We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties...

Louisiana 1921, Preamble We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy...

Maine 1820, Preamble We, the People of Maine, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity .. And imploring His aid and direction...

Maryland 1776, Preamble We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty...

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble We, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction

Michigan 1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, establish this Constitution...

Minnesota, 1857, Preamble We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings..

Mississippi 1890, Preamble We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work...

Missouri 1845, Preamble We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, establish this Constitution...

Montana 1889, Preamble We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution ..

Nebraska 1875, Preamble We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution.

Nevada 1864, Preamble We, the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution...

New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience...

New Jersey 1844, Preamble We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

New Mexico 1911, Preamble We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty..

New York 1846, Preamble We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.

North Carolina 1868, Preamble We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those...

North Dakota 1889, Preamble We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...

Ohio 1852, Preamble We, the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common.

Oklahoma 1907, Preamble Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this

Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences

Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance.....

Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode Island, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing....

South Carolina 1778, Preamble We, the people of he State of South Carolina, grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

South Dakota 1889, Preamble We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties .

Tennessee 1796, Art. XIIII. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...

Texas 1845, Preamble We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.

Utah 1896, Preamble Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.

Vermont 1777, Preamble Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man ..

Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other

Washington 1889, Preamble We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution

West Virginia 1872, Preamble Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ...

Wisconsin 1848, Preamble We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility....

Wyoming 1890, Preamble We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution...

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All have one thing in common. Do you know what it is?

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday Centus #78 ~ The Pep Talk

No prompt just this picture. Write a story using 25 words. Jenny Matlock is definitely challenging us this week.

Are you afraid of the dark?.........

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Right hand wall search.


Right....hand …..where’s the wall?




I can’t even see my own hand.



B r e a t h e.

 

Don’t cry girl!


BE TOUGH!

 

Firefighters don’t cry.


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Are you the type of person that talks to yourself? Do you talk yourself through a situation? Or do you SCREAM???

To see what's going on over at Jenny's blog (off on my tangent) move your right hand to the  "Enter"  button and click on this link: http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/10/saturday-centus-micro-mini.html

Thanks for stopping by! ~Ames

Friday, October 28, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday Fall Break ~An Act of Deception

We are still on Fall break over at Jenny Matlock's Off On My Tangent.

This time I thought I would share a little story of deception with you.



Halloween 1983

When my daughter was about 7 years old, my employer decided to hand out candy to make it a safe Halloween for all little ghost and goblins.

My daughter and I dressed up like Maw and Paw and went to my place of employment to pull a Trick and get some Treats.

No one recognized me.

The next day I couldn't resist taking in a picture of us to ask everyone if they recognized this person last night. They were all in shock when they found out that was me.

We work so good together, me and my little minion! Wahahahahah

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Well it's back to regular Alphabe~Thursday next week. Don't forget to stop by Jenny's blog (off on my tangent) for some more stories about Fall. You can get there by clicking on this link: http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/10/alphabe-thursdays-fall-break-and_26.html

Happy Fall Ya'll~Ames

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Saturday Centus #77 ~ I Planted A Little Story Seed.

Better late than never....wahahahahahahah......

now onto my story....
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I met a man in the fiction aisle.



He said “Pssst, have I got a book for you!”


I followed him down a dark aisle and he pointed to a little black book, and a packet of seeds came with every purchase.


I said “I don’t have a green thumb.”


He said “They grow fast.”


So I bought the little book titled Horrors, and I planted a little story seed in the pot on the window sill above my bed.


That night, and every night after, I had nightmares. A dark creature with long tentacles grew down over my headboard.


Not even Round-up would kill it!
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See what evil lurks over at Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) You can get there by clicking on this link: http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/10/saturday-centus-i-planted-little.html

Wahahahahahahah~Ames

And Lo, I went into the desert......

It was scorching hot, and ominous with rattlesnakes, and scorpions, and tarantulas. It was full of sharp painful cactus. It was devoid of water and flowers and shade for which I could seek out respite…...

I came out of the desert and behold.....I found an oasis called Wildflowers…...

I went into this place called Wildflowers and Lo and Behold! I found two kindred spirits! And we drank spirits!! And we laughed and had a great time!

It’s so wonderful to actually meet two of my blogging sisters, Judie on the left from “The Rogue Artist”, and Jenny on the right from “off on my tangent”. We laughed and shared stories and drank, and ate, and laughed, and drank, and ate some more. We had such a wonderful time!


A big “Thank You” to Judie and Jenny! Meeting the both of you in person was the highlight of my trip! And thanks for picking up the tab Judie. (Hey that going to the Ladies room before the check comes really works!) Wink Wink! And thanks for the gifts Jenny! The Olive Oil from Arizona was delicious!


Luv ya, mean it! ~Ames

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday Fall Break

This week Jenny is taking a break from her regular Alphabe~Thursday.  So we are officially on Alphabet~Thursday Fall break. This week we can post anything that has to do with Fall color. Well down here in the South we don't have the change of seasons. So when I think of Fall colors, I always think of the colors of spices, cinnamon, pumpkins, and oranges.

As soon as it turns cooler there is one thing that I always make. It's quick, easy and taste like Fall. We drink it all the way through the Christmas season too. It's called Russian Spice Tea. It is so yummy that all my friends beg me to make it every year. I have even purchased this at Fall Craft Fairs. It's so easy to make, and makes your home smell so good and it's simply delicious! Even makes a great gift! Try it. You'll be glad you did!


Russian  Spice Tea

Ingredients:
18 ounces Tang
1 ounce instant tea with lemon
1 1/2 cups sugar -- to taste
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a tightly sealed jar or container. To serve, add several tablespoons of the mix to a cup of hot water. Stir.


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Hope you try it! Stop by Jenny's blog (off on my tanget) for a taste of Fall. You can get there by clicking here: http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/10/alphabe-thursdays-fall-break-and.html


Happy Fall Ya'll!
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday Centus #76~ Finding Home

Welcome to Saturday Centus #76. This week is umm ... well it feels quite odd. I mean Jenny has decided to give us a challenge and frankly I am not sure if I am understanding what it is she is directing us to do.  It's the usual 100 words and the prompt is this picture but....we have to describe the image in a story using these  five senses: hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste.

Okiedokie here we go, so on to my contribution.....
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The smooth walking stick in my hand kept a rhythmic glide with my stride.

Age would not deprive me of my journey down this old dirt road.

The quiet filling of my senses; sweet grass, and chimney smoke wafting in the air.

I took in the sight of it, run down, weathered and neglected.

The sound of leaves flickering with cold rain; the sweet taste of it misted upon my face.

The rain turned the old gray clapboards a warm patina; every tree around it seemed greener.

Then it became clear to me, this would always be home. I smiled.

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Ok so how did that feel... uh I mean smell... no I mean did you perceive anything ?? Oh well perhaps maybe you can stop by Jenny's blog (off on my tangent) and maybe you will have a better understanding of what Jenny means. You can get there by clicking on this link: http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/10/saturday-centus-literary-device.html
 
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "Z" is for Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

*Dear reader, if you are reading this, I thank you for stopping by. I am sorry to say I am so far behind on reading all your posts. I am not sure I can catch up.

Happy Alphabe~Thursday. Don't you wish every day could this cheerful. This week is about the letter "Z". The first thing that popped into my head was "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah from "Song of the South". Please click on the link and enjoy.




Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah is a song from the Disney 1946 live action and animated movie Song of the South, sung by James Baskett.

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Don't forget to stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and check out other offerings about the letter "Z". You can get there by clicking on this link:

I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday Centus 75 ~Shallow Val

The air is crisp, the lights are bright, the marching band is  playing the school's theme song. The cheerleaders are encouraging the crowd; parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and friends are cheering the team on. Team spirit...it doesn't get any better than this!

This week Jenny has given us a 100 word challenge and this three word pronpt: "Friday Night Football."

now on to my contribution.....

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Friday Night Football? Your first date with this guy and he took you to a high school football game? That’s just sick and kind of perverted!”

“Val, you don’t understand. Jay is the sweetest guy I have ever met. He wanted to show his support for his nephew Mike.“

“Yeh right, you need to dump him Jenna!”

“Oh Valerie you just have no clue. Mike’s father was killed in Iraq and Jay wanted to be there for him.”

“Val?”

“Valerie?”

“Val are you crying?”

“Oh Val, I had the best time, and tonight Jay is taking me to dinner and a movie!”

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Please, support the team and stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent). You won't be dissapointed. You can get there by clicking on this link: http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/10/saturday-centus-friday-night-football.html

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames


Friday, October 7, 2011

Thrifty Things Friday #28

I was groggy from a procedure today but that didn't stop me from asking Mr. Ames to let me walk through the Goodwill on the way home.


I have been collecting the Left Behind Series books for grandson #1 and today I picked up Soul Harvest. I wanted to find it in Hard Back to complete a nice library for him but this will do until I luck out and find a hardback another time. I only paid .89 cents for it and .49 cents for the little Clifford's Furry Friends book that my little grandaughter seems fascinated with. I guess it's because of the furry animals in the book.


I think this outfit was brand new. I only paid $1.34 for it because Mr. Ames let me use his senior discount. It came with a hat, bloomers and a sun dress. It's too big for my grandaughter now but she will be able to wear it next year!

This little lavender outfit is by Oshkosh. It had a cute little butterfly on the front that I will have to retack to the outfit but it is sweet. And it too was $1.34, thanks to Mr. Ames ' senior discount.

And I did find this pretty little bowl to add to my colored pottery collection. It was  only .50 cents.
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Well that was all I could find because I was ready to get home and take a nap. Maybe next week I will find more Thrifty Things to share. If you want to check out other Thrifty Things, please stop by Diann's blog (The Thrifty Groove) . You can get there by clicking on this link. And trust me...you will be inspired to get out there and find your own Thrifty Things.

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "Y" is for Yearning

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I am yearning,

for little boys to experience the life of a simpler time.

When a bottle of cold pop was an icy treat,

and the refunded nickle made it extra sweet.

Xbox, Computers and TV babysitters aren’t play,

making forts, fighting enemies was seizing the day.

What’s the password, girls didn't know,

playing in dirt made little boys grow.

l am yearning,

for young boys to experience the life of a simpler time.

Homework then chores before play,

without complaint was the respectful way.

Flag football with the guys, down at the empty lot,

hide and seek in the dark, with girls trying to get caught.

A family meal, giving thanks, shared stories and laughter,

clearing the table for mom and doing the dishes after.

I am yearning,

for young men to experience the life of a simpler time.

Build pride with their hands, and take shop in school,

repair their own cars using their dad’s tools.

Study and excel, good men they will be.

Instead of standing on the corner, with pockets down to their knee.

I am yearning.

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Don't forget to stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and check out some interesting information about the letter "Y". You can get there by clicking on this link:
 
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saturday Centus #74 ~All Creatures Great and Small .....

Welcome to Saturday Centus #74. A writing meme created and hosted by Jenny Matlock.

The rules are simple. She provides a prompt and tells us the amount of words we are allowed to use to write a story that includes the prompt. It can be any genre we choose.


This week the word count is 100 plus this 10 word prompt: "The number you have reached is no longer in service."


and now on to my contribution......


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The automated voice on the other end of the line said "The number you have reached is no longer in service."

“Great, another pet abandoned.”

Gwen managed to get the last dog that was locked in a foreclosed house rescued and adopted. With people losing their jobs and homes, they were walking away from everything, including their pets.

“Lord? What kind of person abandons their family pet?”

Gwen sat down next to the sick dog. She lifted the poor animal's head and looked into its lost eyes.

“You are a creature of God. You give unconditional love and this is how you are paid back? I won’t let you down.”




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All things bright and beautiful,


All creatures great and small,


All things wise and wonderful:


The Lord God made them all.


~by (Mrs) Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (1848)


Want to see how many different takes there are on this one prompt? Go to Jenny's blog (off on my tangent) and check them out. You can get there by clicking on this link: