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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Author Q&A: Margaret Dulaney, To Hear the Forest Sing: Some Musings of the Divine

The following is a guest post.  This post does not necessarily reflect the views of Suzanne and David E. McClendon, Sr. or Manian Debil Productions.


Q&A with Margaret Dulaney, the author of To Hear the Forest Sing: Some Musings of the Divine and founder of www.listenwell.org.


1. Tell us about how you came to finding faith?


I don't remember a time when I did not have faith. Though my understanding of God, and how God works in the world, has shifted greatly over time. When I was young, I suspected God was either punishing or rewarding me when things went badly or well. I know now that this was a false notion and that God is love, comforting me in the dark times and celebrating my joy in the good times.


2. What do you do to maintain joy when life gets difficult?


Simply put, I walk. And, if possible, I do so in nature. Walking has always had the power to free my mind, and lift me. This is where I am most likely to commune with God. I walk and talk to God.


3. When you feel like life is falling apart, how do you keep from falling apart also?


I think the best thing one can do when things are falling apart is to run to the places, people, philosophy where one belongs. This could be your family, spouse, patch of woods, church, or the heart of a friend. We all belong somewhere.


4. Tell us about your book, To Hear the Forest Sing. What do you hope readers get from it?


I always hope, both with my spoken word website Listenwell.org, and my book To Hear the Forest Sing, to lift the reader to a place where they might find their own unique view of God. I don't believe that any of us has the exact same perspective. This depends too much on who we are and where we happen to be standing at the moment. I hope to walk alongside my readers, not lead them. I want them to turn on their own searchlights and uncover their own truths.


5. What is one message of hope and faith you would like to share with our readers this holiday season?


These are not times for cynicism and despair, rather hope and forward movement. If the point of this life is to awaken, enlighten each individual soul, then we must try and hold on to this understanding. We must continue to pray for the world, the earth, and the individual awakening of all of the souls on earth. The real progress on planet earth is measured by the tiny lights in the hearts of man. This is how God sees us.


It is possible to light one's heart with good thoughts: prayers, generosities, kindnesses, gratitudes, love. These are the true gifts of the season.



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Friday, December 15, 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins - From the Hospital




1. Snow ___is very rare here in Texas ___.
2. I __am having a difficult time posting with a smart phone _.
3. One holiday memory that I cherish is   Playing santa for dozens of families when we had the store      .
4. I always thought that Santa      Was a pretty cool guy    

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bad News

Yesterday I was admitted to the hospital.

My foot is much worse. There is infection in the bone.

We are looking at possibly being in one hospital or another or even a nursing home for the next six weeks. We don’t have our laptop any more because it died. I am posting using Suzanne’s phone. It is hard to see to write this so please forgive any mistakes.

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Tuesdays with Gindy. Uncle Milton

We are going to call one of the main characters from this story Uncle Milton.  We chose that name because the image we are using is the one my beautiful child-bride Suzanne drew to represent Milton Friedman in our Redneck MBA videos.


Milton Friedman was a leading economist in the United States of America and won a Nobel Prize in economics. His theories were used throughout much of the last half of the twentieth century and have influenced our economy today.


Let’s pretend that Uncle Milton is your favorite uncle.  You love him with all your heart and you trust him completely. 


To the best of your knowledge, he has never lied to you.  Uncle Milton has more money
than you could begin to imagine and, as far as you know, is always right.

One day, Uncle Milton calls you and asks you to stop by his house. When you arrive, his butler escorts you to Uncle Milton’s private office in the house.  

There, Uncle Milton sits surrounded by computer monitors and telephones.  He is making constant investment decisions.  

He is an economic whiz.  You are hoping he is going to give you a stock tip.  What he does give you is worth so much more.

When you arrive, Uncle Milton is on the phone with a senator discussing economics.  He motions for you to take a seat near his desk and finishes his phone call. As he hangs up, he says to you, “I suppose you are wondering why I called you here.”

You agree that you are curious.  Then, he tells you.  He hands you a cashier’s check made
payable to you for fifty dollars ($50). 

He tells you that it is yours to spend any way you choose.  He then says he would like for you to cash the check at his bank and get ten five dollar bills.  He then tells you that before you spend any of the money you are to bring him the first five dollar bill out of it.

You think this is odd, but you know that Uncle Milton has a reason for what he does.  He does not do things just to pull your strings and you know he has your best interest in mind. 

You go straight to the bank and do exactly like he said.  You ask the teller to make sure he gives you one very new, very crisp, very clean five-dollar bill.  He looks through his till and finds you the cleanest, newest, crispest five dollar bill in his till and counts that one out to you first.

You take that bill and put it in a separate envelope and hot foot it back to Uncle Milton’s house.  You go into his office and he smiles at you and puts the envelope in his desk drawer.

Next week, he calls you and you go through the same exact thing again.  This goes on for the better part of the year.  Uncle Milton gives you a certified check for fifty dollars and you bring him back five of it and you get to keep $45 of it to spend however you choose.

After six months, he calls you and this time he hands you a check for $500.  He tells you to get it cashed in fifty dollar bills ($50) and that you are to bring him the first fifty dollars back. 

You go to the bank and go to the same teller you have been using for all these transactions.  He looks at the check and smiles.  He asks you if you know why Uncle Milton doesn’t just go ahead and get his part of the money when he comes in to get the cashier’s check.

You have to admit this is odd, but you figure that a smart man like Uncle Milton has his reasons.  You ask the clerk for all the money in fifty-dollar bills and ask him to make sure that at least one of them is crisp, clean, and new.

You head back to Uncle Milton’s house and go to his office.  Again, he takes the envelope with the $50 bill in it and puts it in the drawer where he has put all the envelopes you have brought him in the past.

It never crosses your mind to not bring the money back to Uncle Milton.  After all, it is ALL his money in the first place.  He has plenty of money of his own and would not miss any of it.  But you know that Uncle Milton has something in mind and you obey his instructions implicitly.

Time goes by.  Each week Uncle Milton calls you and each time he gives you a cashier’s check for an ever-growing amount and each time you are instructed to bring back the first ten percent in the form of the crispest, newest bill or bills you can find.

It soon reaches the stage where he hands you a cashier’s check for five hundred thousand dollars. You think to yourself, “Wow that is a lot of money”.  

All while you are driving to the bank, you think, “I really can’t afford to give Uncle Milton back fifty thousand dollars.  Maybe he won’t miss it if I don’t give him all the money.  He just sticks it in his drawer without counting it anyway.  

You decide the right thing to do is to give him the ten percent he asks for back to him.  After all, it is ALL his money anyway.  The money you get to keep is a gift.

Every week he calls and every week you bring him back his ten percent.  One day when you go in, Uncle Milton tells you he wants to show you something.  He takes you to the back of his house and the two of you climb on a golf cart.

 He drives you across his vast estate that has orchards, vineyards, fields of fruits and vegetables of all types.  He turns down a road on his estate that has mansion after mansion.  Some are completely built and some are under construction.

In some places there are vacant lots. There are stakes marking their boundaries but nothing else.

Some are huge and ornate and some are nice and large but not as ornate or large as the others.
He pulls up to a beautiful mansion and reaches in his pocket and pulls out a key.  He tells you that this key is the key to your new mansion.  You notice that some of the houses on your block are still under construction and look like construction has just stopped or has slowed to a crawl.

He tells you that those mansions are for some of your cousins.  He has been doing the same thing with them each week.  Each week, he gives them a cashier's check.  Each week, they bring back some of the money. 


Some bring back more than the ten percent he asked for.  The houses that are larger and more ornate belong to them.

The vacant lots are where the houses of the cousins who did not bring back any of the money would have been built but, since they did not bring back any of the money, nothing was built.

He explains that those houses that are not complete belong to the cousins who only brought back part of the money they were supposed to.

He says, “You see, I didn’t need the money I gave you to do what I intended to do.  It was all a test.  Each week when you brought back the ten percent, I had the builders add a little more to your mansion.

 For those who gave more than their ten percent, I added more to the mansion.  For those who brought back less, I only built a little more to their house."

"It was about more than building houses.  It was about building the person I wanted you to be.  I never needed that money to do my work.  I needed that money to help you to grow."

And that is how it is with God.  HE does not need our money to do His work. He uses the money we bring to the storehouse, our local church, to help us to grow spiritually

When we tithe our full ten percent, we are showing the stewardship that God is trying to build in us. 

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Jesus Take the Wheel

Recently, Suzanne played the song Jesus, Take the Wheel.  The story of this song is that the woman is overwhelmed by the events going on.  The most recent event is that she hits a sheet of black ice, way too fast.  As she is sliding around, she throws up her hands and turns it over to Jesus saying, “Jesus, take the wheel.”

We feel very much like that right now.  Current health conditions are keeping us away from our computers.  This means we cannot blog like we usually do.  Of course, this means our audience won’t be getting posts as often as they are used to.

Suzanne is suffering certain medical conditions that drag her down.  However, she is still waiting on me hand and foot since I am supposed to spend most of my time flat on my back with my feet propped up.

If we had a laptop computer, I could still post.  I could not make the YouTube videos from flat on my back, but I could still make the posts.  

In the meantime, my day is filled with reading and making hats on the round loom.

We are asking Jesus to take control of this situation, and He has.  We see a small check here and a rebate there that is helping to keep us going financially.

Just know that we want to be back online soon.  We will be posting sort of sporadically until at least the 6th of January.  We are praying this foot will heal sooner.  

Please keep us in your prayers.


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