Wednesday, March 30, 2016


GOOD MORNING FRIENDS!

THANKS
for your responses to yesterday's
KASIYH
blog post.
DEEPLY  APPRECIATED

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Interesting that when we wrote yesterday's blog post we:

1.] Had absolutely no idea what the topic might be
and
2.] Didn't realize how it would touch the hearts 
of our nieces and nephews.

Of course many of them were extremely young in mid-1969
and some
"weren't even a scratch in their daddy's pants yet".

Both on FB and privately in FB PM's, etc.
they let us know how much they appreciated hearing the details,
most, if not all of which they'd never heard before.

Glad their ol' GGC is still good for something.

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HOW
in the name of all that's holy
could
ANYONE
be bored by this political season?
WE
are
LIVING
smack dab in the middle of history, people!

TRUMP
continues to baffle everyone, including Republicans.

TRUMP
[ or his peeps ]
may NOT have released the accusation of
CRUZ's
supposable
"five affairs"
after all.
Looks like it may have been a Rubio friend/team member.

TRUMP's
campaign aid
[ one near the top ]
has been arrested for battery against a reporter.

BERNIE
is riding high at the moment.
[ as predicted quite some time ago for this time period ]
and the
BERNIE-ETTS
are going crazy with enthusiasm.
Not to mention
THE BIRD
landing at one of
Senator Sander's
political stops.
Now
THAT
was indeed
incredible.

HILLARY
keeps on keepin' on
amidst it all.

NOW
we have an interesting story originating from events back in '07
The D.C. Madame Sex Scandal. 
[David Vitter from Louisiana was caught in this scandal ]

The woman who ran this service
[ Pamela Martin Associates ]
Deborah Jeane Palfrey
is now deceased
[ by suicide ].
However, her lawyer at the time,
Montgomery Blair Sibley
who is now "legal custodian" of the phone numbers
that were never released by court order
[ some phone numbers were released back in '07 and some were not]
wants to release the approximately
815 phone numbers
of people
including politicians
who sought solace via 
Pamela Martin Associates.

"WHY"
you may ask?
We said
"WHY"
you may ask.
[ Thank you ---that's better.  We do our part, you do your part.]

Because he is claiming that releasing these numbers
could greatly effect the
2016 presidential race.

He has petitioned the Supreme Court
to be allowed to release these phone numbers,
but whether or not they agree
he want to release the numbers in two weeks.

Now,
to be fair, 
Mr. Sibley
might be off his nut
or
seeking attention
[ imagine that? ]
HOWEVER
it appears there may be something to this story.

Because of who was in D.C. at the time and who was not,
this leaves a few people who might possibly be on that
phone number list
that are currently running for president:
Bernie Sanders
Donald Trump
[ not as politician then, but he IS everywhere ]
Ted Cruz
and
Hillary Clinton
[ perhaps Bill ? ]







IF
there turns out to be ANY credence to this story,
who do
YOU
think
COULD
be on this list?

MOST LIKELY?
LEAST LIKELY?
[ We can just hear the Bernie-etts screaming that he would never do such a thing.  
Last we knew he was still a human being.]

Oh for God's sake,
we KNOW it's speculation,
but just cooperate,
will ya?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016





GOOD MORNING FRIENDS!
YOU
haven't lost your mind.

THIS
is the post we started yesterday
but never published.

So kindly read this
THEN
you will get to today!


Welllllllllllll,
happy day after Easter
or
as we call it in the liturgical world
"Easter Monday"

T'was a wonderful Easter for us.
St. John's Choir
sounded great,
11:00a.m. Mass
was well attended
and
Rev. Carol Stewart
was at the top of her game also.
[ She nearly always is, BTW ]

Here's a few pics
from
Easter Sunday
after church 
at 
Connie's:
[ of course most pics are of !JAXSON! ]


 EASTER EGG HUNT
Oh the wonder of it all.
CHILDHOOD

Counting the eggs with Mommy after the
Easter Egg Hunt
21 Eggs!




The Easter 2016
Dinner Table
Connie used her Mom's Depression Era dishes.
BEAUTIFUL  INDEED




Our
GRANDKITTY
Mz. Lilli
March 27th is her birthday
and
she is now seven years seasoned.


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TUESDAY
MARCH 29th, 2016

Sorry about that!
We had a rather deep case of
"Monday"
yersterday which even
CAFFEINE
didn't seem to help with,
darn it.

However
WE'RE BACK


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
to
TERRI  LOUISE  ROSS
our
dear 
and
PRECIOUS
friend

KEEP LOOKING UP
" L'il Mz. SUNSHINE "

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TODAY
would also have been our brother's birthday
had he been blessed with the gift of years.

DOUGLAS  K.  SHELLEY
March 29, 1945  ~  July 23, 1969

" Fear knocked at the door,
Faith answered,
there was no one there."

Doug was 24 years seasoned when he went to Heaven.

He had fought [at least] a 13 year battle with Crohn's disease.
He did not lose that battle 
he won Heaven's Promise.

We cannot comprehend him being seventy-one years seasoned today.

The day he passed
our parents
and
every one of his siblings visited him.
Barbara stopped in to see him,
Richard stopped over during his lunch break from Acme Electric
We believe that Donna saw him that afternoon also.

Marlene and GGC went to see him in the afternoon
after trying in vain
to find some Gladiolas
[ his favorite flower ]
to take to him.

None of his siblings
[ save GGC and Marlene ]
knew that the other's had were intending to visit him that day. 
It just "happened".

He had been so sick for so long
and
the entire family had been called to Cuba Memorial Hospital numerous times,
fearing the worst,
but Doug
"kept on keeping on".

He was in very good spirits that day,
but still in quite a bit of pain,
especially his bones.

All he was by that time was literally skin and bones.
Marlene rubbed his legs for him
to make him feel better and to comfort him.

That early eve our parents went to visit him.
He was still very alert and glad to see them.
However during their visit he became "tired"
and 
drifted off.

This was the beginning of the end
but we knew it not.

GGC
[ seasoned 15 years ]
was home mowing the back yard at
35 Schuyler Street
when the riding mower stopped and could not be restarted.
[ It just "happened" to stop ~ yeah, right ]

Angry
[as he knew/knows nothing about motors, etc.]
he stomped to the back door
and 
on his way heard the phone ringing.
It was Marlene:
" We're picking you up right now.
Doug's taken another turn for the worse."

We had been through this routine so many, many times before.

We distinctly recall the ride to Cuba Memorial Hospital
and
Marlene quietly humming the tune
"I've Got A Mansion Just Over The Hilltop"
as we journeyed along.

It was a very long evening.

By the time we arrived Doug was in a coma
from which he would never return.

Through the hours we stood with him,
usually two at a time,
holding his hand,
lightly rubbing is forehead,
talking to him,
assuring him of our unending love.

Late that evening
Homer Cline came into the waiting room
and
whispered something to our Dad.
The look on Dad's face seemed to be
disbelief or lack of comprehension.

Moments later
our brother Richard came into the waiting room
and with 
two
one syllable words
changed our family forever:
" He's gone."




HAPPY Earth-Day BIRTHDAY BRO,

see ya in a while.





KEEP  A  SONG
IN
YOUR  HEART.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

AFTER YESTERDAY'S
KASIYH
[rather serious and heartfelt ]
BLOG POST
by
GREGORY

let's head in a completely other direction today.

GOOD  MORNING  FRIENDS!



One of the first things GGC does in the morning
[ after taking care of bodily functions, clean-up, brushing teeth, Bible/Devotion reading,etc.]
is
check on the political news of the day.
[ You're shocked?  We doubt that! ]

Welllllllll
this morning sure was interesting indeed.

According to the "well respected" news source
The National Enquirer
TED CRUZ
has had flings with five women
who are not his wife.
Yada Yada Yada

Politics can be a nasty endeavor
we all know that by now.

A couple of different things caught our eyes
on this one though:

2.] TED CRUZ ?
Really?
Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww






And although 
Donald Trump
is
NOT
one of GGC's favorite presidential candidates,
Mr. Trump
[ or his people ]
is/are being blamed for planting this info
[ be it true or not ]

But to
GGC
it is the response from
TED CRUZ
that set our head a spinning:

" Donald Trump
may be a rat,
but I have 
no desire 
to 
copulate with him."
[Senator Ted Cruz ~ 3/25/16]





We here at KASIYH blog
TRY
[ and oft fail ]
at the very least to understand
the various
picadillos
of each person
 [ especially our readers ]

BUT

We are making no comment at this time
on whether or not 
Donald Trump
or 
his campaign was behind this mess
however
WHAT
ABOUT
THAT
RESPONSE
FROM
TED CRUZ ?

How would
YOU
interpret that remark?





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Friday, March 25, 2016

Mozart ~ Requiem in D minor 







GOOD FRIDAY REFLECTIONS
by
Gregory


I was raised as a strong, fundamental, Bible-based Christian via the Belmont Baptist Church, in Belmont, NY [who are affiliated with the General Association of Regular Baptists ].  To my parents and to my siblings I will be eternally indebted for this fact.  The Biblical foundation that was gifted to me is beyond value.  I rely on that firm foundation moment to moment.

Towards the end of my eighteenth year of life I began exploring the Roman Catholic faith. This exploration was hidden from my family.  The evening it was accidentally discovered by my parents was not a happy revelation, for them or for the rest of the immediate family.  Over time, as my dedication to the Roman Catholic faith culminated in becoming a member of the Church, my family watched me closely, very, very closely.  I made some mistakes along the way, more or less the mistakes of youth, but overall my devotion to Christianity and the R.C. Church did not waver.  My Dad and I were finally able to discuss the difference between his beliefs and mine,,,as well as the similarities.  "Gregory's Catholicism" became less an overt issue and more of a discussion/debate, in mostly pleasant ways.

One of more frequent chats was over the cross VS the crucifix.  Dad could simply not understand why "the Catholics" insisted on leaving Jesus nailed to the cross when Christ had risen from the dead.  I tried and tried to explain to him that yes, Christ had indeed risen from the dead, but Catholics try to always keep in mind the extreme price of suffering and agony that our Lord went through in order to purchase our salvation.  Dad seemed to comprehend that, but still was more than a little dismayed that "the Catholics" refuse to take Jesus off the cross and just left Him there.  Why not a normal "blank" cross,,,to show that He was no longer there ?  Round and round we would go.  There were other issues to be sure [ "Why do Catholics worship Mary?"   "Dad, Catholics do not worship Mary, they simply give her the respect they feel she deserves as the Mother of Jesus.  You know, like I would respect your mom or mom's mom."   Dad would respond: "I've never seen a statute of either of your Grandmother's in any Catholic church."  ~~~  "Of course not Dad, you aren't Jesus."  You get the picture, right readers ? ]

Today Christians around the world recall the events of Good Friday.  We call it good because even though the actual event itself was horrid beyond comprehension, the greatest good of all came about three days later.  This can be a difficult day for Christians.  We are called to remember the stripping of Christ, the whipping of His naked body,  that horrible walk to Golgotha, the crucifixion of our Lord, His far from quick death,,,having a sword pierce His side [from whence blood and water flowed], His asking God the Father to "forgive them, they know not what they do"... and His finally words: "IT IS FINISHED".

And
He did it for each of us
as if there were only
one of us.


As Christians, our minds can hardly even begin to wrap around it all.  We are saddened, heart-broken in fact, but then again we know the "rest of the story".  This is one of the reason that I love the now well known Christian phrase:  "It may be Good Friday,,,but Easter's on its way!"  which is oft used when we too are going through horrific times.  As Christians we know that Christ will never leave us or forsake us.  Never.  Ever.  

I have some friends going through some really rough times currently, as I'm sure you do also.  My concern for them is overt and non-ending.  I pray for them, check up on them, try to help them with the carrying of their cross as best I can.  It is not enough.  In the end, they must carry most of the weight themselves.   As I pray for them my eyes become wet with tears of wanting to do more, in at least one current case, being willing to take the cross itself from them, and bare it myself.  But God tells me that I cannot, that I would do well to bare my own cross and trust Him in all things.  This I must do, even though it is not easy to stand by and ,,, watch the suffering.

That's what we Christians are doing today.  We are standing by and watching the suffering of He Who was without sin,,,yet he took our sins upon Himself.  MY sins.  Your sins.  And we stand there, watching, weeping, remembering, wanting to do more , , , but knowing full well that this had to happen.  It is not up to us to stop it , , , it is up us to stand with Him , , , let Him feel our love presence that can never equal His love present to us.

And the answer to the never ending controversy of crucifix VS empty cross?
T'is simply really:

We must always recall
His suffering for us
BUT
His crucifixion is ultimately topped by the fact that
HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD





It may be 
Good Friday
but
Easter Sunday
IS
coming.





KEEP  A  SONG
IN
YOUR  HEART

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

@$#&^%)*^*@@#$&*)(*%*$^&$#%@
!%$#@$%^&$*^

Does
THAT
let you
KNOW
how
UPSET
we are with 
MOST
of
YOU
concerning the lack of taker's of yesterday's
KASIYH
challenge
? ? ? ? ? ? ?


At first we were like:
"They aren't cooperating?"




Then it was more like this:
" And WE even set the example! "




This was followed by:
"Saints preserve us all ~
what IS the matter with our people?"




And over time,
into today,
it turned to:


Except for
DANA  HAND
who
DID
cooperate
and
DANA ROSS
who gets a dispensation
[and anyone one else who may have participated ]

YOU
are
A
CERTIFIED
BONAFIDE
LICENSED
[by GGC]


WELCOME TO
YOUR
DAY


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HOWEVER
after GREGORY calmed us down 
with his prayers and Christian love
[ medication helped also ]
we realize it was a lot to ask
[ even of a published author apparently ]
and
have decided to let this one
"pass"
.......
for now.


But if you truly couldn't bring yourself to participate,
what does that say about trying to understand
one another's point of view, 
politically speaking ?



Have we already drawn our own "battle lines"
and
are we readying ourselves for a political war ?


GGC actually promoted yesterday's challenge
to see if you COULD attempt to put yourself
on the opposing side.

To see if you had any desire
to look at the current presidential race
from a point of view
other than
your own.

The results seem to speak for themselves.

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Since
KASIYH
blog is still a teeny, tiny bit
upset
over
yesterday
we rather think that today when we publish this blog post,
we will only tag those who responded yesterday.
WHY?
Because at least 
you took time to respond,
even if you couldn't bring yourself to take the challenge.
And for that, at least, we are grateful.
Thank you.

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NOW
onto
the




Regular KASIYH readers know that GGC has a very difficult time with some issues.  The Holocost being one of them.  We are not denying it happened, but our mind does not wrap around it.  Such is the case with human trafficking. 

Type those words [Human Trafficking] into You Tube and the number of video's and documentaries that pop up are nothing short of astounding.  When this issue involves some country like the Phillipines, or Hungary or even Germany, the Netherlands, etc. then we can somewhat begin to comprehend it.  But here?  In the USA?  Assuredly not.  Not here in OUR country.

You can just imagine our shock then, when we were recently informed that at least a variation of this atrocity is happening in our beloved Allegany County, NY.   There is a group called V.O.I.C.E. [Violence Over Innocent Children Everyday] that is a statewide organization dedicated to addressing the issues of child abuse.  Allegany County has its own chapter or version of this group.  We heard recently the here, in A.C. there are [supposedly] drug users, who when they have no money to pay for there "fix", will trade an day/evening with their minor children [for sexual purposes] in exchange for the desired drugs.    Can this be true ?  The source of our information was a very good source.  This information brought us nearly to a state of vomiting,,,and we are not kidding.  GGC still cannot get the mind to wrap around this.  This cannot be really happening in Allegany County, NY. , right ?

We KNOW this is an unpleasant topic, especially for Holy Week, but KASIYH blog was so "fluffy" for quite a period of time, that we are now into a more serious mode.  Please forgive.



We would really appreciate your take on this matter.  Human trafficking in general and especially as it might concern Allegany County, NY.  COULD this be happening here, nestled amongst our hills and mountains?  Please tell me you don't think it possible.  Please.


The
DISCUSSION FLOOR
is now 
OPEN





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